[ tuhng-uh n-groov ]
/ ˈtʌŋ ənˈgruv /
a joint between two boards in which a raised area on the edge of one board fits into a corresponding groove in the edge of the other to produce a flush surface.
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Origin of tongue-and-groove joint
First recorded in 1875–80
Definition for tongue-and-groove joint (2 of 2)
[ groov ]
/ gruv /
a long, narrow cut or indentation in a surface, as the cut in a board to receive the tongue of another board (tongue-and-groove joint), a furrow, or a natural indentation on an organism.
the track or channel of a phonograph record for the needle or stylus.
a fixed routine: to get into a groove.
Printing. the furrow at the bottom of a piece of type.
Slang. an enjoyable time or experience.
verb (used with object), grooved, groov·ing.
to cut a groove in; furrow.
- to appreciate and enjoy.
- to please immensely.
verb (used without object), grooved, groov·ing.
- to take great pleasure; enjoy oneself: He was grooving on the music.
- to get along or interact well.
to fix in a groove.
Origin of groove
1350–1400; Middle English grofe, groof mining shaft; cognate with Middle Dutch groeve, Dutch groef, German Grube pit, ditch; akin to grave1
Related formsgroove·less, adjectivegroove·like, adjectivegroov·er, nounre·groove, verb (used with object), re·grooved, re·groov·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for tongue-and-groove joint (1 of 2)
a joint made between two boards by means of a tongue along the edge of one board that fits into a groove along the edge of the other board
British Dictionary definitions for tongue-and-groove joint (2 of 2)
/ (ɡruːv) /
a long narrow channel or furrow, esp one cut into wood by a tool
the spiral channel, usually V-shaped, in a gramophone recordSee also microgroove
one of the spiral cuts in the bore of a gun
anatomy any furrow or channel on a bodily structure or part; sulcus
mountaineering a shallow fissure in a rock face or between two rock faces, forming an angle of more than 120°
a settled existence, routine, etc, to which one is suited or accustomed, esp one from which it is difficult to escape
slang an experience, event, etc, that is groovy
in the groove
- jazz playing well and apparently effortlessly, with a good beat, etc
- US fashionable
(tr) to form or cut a groove in
(intr) old-fashioned, slang to enjoy oneself or feel in rapport with one's surroundings
(intr) jazz to play well, with a good beat, etc
Derived Formsgrooveless, adjectivegroovelike, adjective
Word Origin for groove
C15: from obsolete Dutch groeve, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German gruoba pit, Old Norse grof
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Medicine definitions for tongue-and-groove joint
[ grōōv ]
A rut, groove, or narrow depression or channel in a surface.
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Idioms and Phrases with tongue-and-groove joint
see in the groove.
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