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groove

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noun \ˈgrüv\

Simple Definition of groove

  • : a long, narrow cut or low area in a surface

  • : a state in which you are able to do something well and easily especially because you are doing it often

  • : a dull routine that does not change

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of groove

  1. 1 :  a long narrow channel or depression

  2. 2 a :  a fixed routine :  rut b :  a situation suited to one's abilities or interests :  niche

  3. 3 :  top form <a great talker when he is in the groove>

  4. 4 :  the middle of the strike zone in baseball where a pitch is most easily hit <a fastball right in the groove>

  5. 5 :  an enjoyable or exciting experience

  6. 6 :  a pronounced enjoyable rhythm

Examples of groove in a sentence

  1. the grooves on a vinyl record

  2. The door slides along a groove in the doorframe.

  3. He's a great pitcher when he's in a groove.

  4. She hasn't yet found her groove.

  5. They've gotten stuck in a groove in their jobs.



Origin and Etymology of groove

Middle English grove pit, cave, from Middle Dutch groeve; akin to Old High German gruoba pit, cave, Old English grafan to dig — more at grave


First Known Use: 1659


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groove

verb

Simple Definition of groove

  • : to enjoy listening to or dancing to music

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of groove

grooved

grooving

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to make a groove in b :  to join by a groove

  3. 2 :  to perfect by repeated practice <grooved her golf swing>

  4. 3 :  to throw (a pitch) in the groove

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to become joined or fitted by a groove

  7. 2 :  to form a groove

  8. 3 :  to enjoy oneself intensely

  9. 4 :  to interact harmoniously <contemporary minds and rock groove together — Benjamin DeMott>

groover

noun

Examples of groove in a sentence

  1. We grooved to the beat.

  2. <if you groove that piece of wood, we should be able to fit this smaller board into it>



1686

First Known Use of groove

1686


GROOVE Defined for Kids

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groove

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noun \ˈgrüv\

Definition of groove for Students

  1. 1 :  a long narrow cut in a surface

  2. 2 :  1routine 1 <… Avonlea school slipped back into its old groove and took up its old interests. — Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables>




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groove

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verb

Definition of groove for Students

grooved

grooving

  1. :  to make a long narrow cut in




Medical Dictionary

groove

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noun \ˈgrüv\

Medical Definition of groove

  1. :  a long narrow depression occurring naturally on the surface of an organism or an anatomical part





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