groove

noun
\ˈgrüv \

Definition of groove 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a long narrow channel or depression

2a : a fixed routine : rut

b : a situation suited to one's abilities or interests : niche

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

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

5 : an enjoyable or exciting experience

6 : a pronounced enjoyable rhythm

groove

verb
grooved; grooving

Definition of groove (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to make a groove in

b : to join by a groove

2 : to perfect by repeated practice grooved her golf swing

3 : to throw (a pitch) in the groove

intransitive verb

1 : to become joined or fitted by a groove

2 : to form a groove

3 : to enjoy oneself intensely

4 : to interact harmoniously contemporary minds and rock groove together— Benjamin DeMott

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Other Words from groove

Verb

groover noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for groove

Synonyms: Noun

drill, grind, pattern, rote, routine, rut, treadmill

Synonyms: Verb

agree, assort, blend, chime, chime in, conform, consort, coordinate, harmonize

Antonyms: Verb

clash, collide, conflict

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Examples of groove in a Sentence

Noun

the grooves on a vinyl record The door slides along a groove in the doorframe. He's a great pitcher when he's in a groove. She hasn't yet found her groove. They've gotten stuck in a groove in their jobs.

Verb

We grooved to the beat. if you groove that piece of wood, we should be able to fit this smaller board into it
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Natural and man-made grooves in the subsoil or bedrock hold more moisture than the undisturbed ground around them and are usually filled with richer soils. The Economist, "Dry weather is helping archaeologists discover ancient sites," 12 July 2018 Dushkin's body was found in one of the flute casts — groove-like formations on the mud flats, police have said. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Man identified in mud flats death had been missing since January," 5 July 2018 The sisters have since settled into a groove, brainstorming throughout the week before committing to a night to record two episodes. East Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Sisters use podcast to find strange connections on Wikipedia," 3 June 2018 Did some touchy-feely old hippie once say that a rut is just a groove that lasts too long? Heather Havrilesky, The Cut, "‘I’m Starting a New Life, But There’s So Much Pressure to Get It Right!’," 30 May 2018 Entering his junior season, Sampson had a chance to play a major role for new coach Will Wade but after badly spraining his ankle in the Maui Invitational against Notre Dame, Sampson never quite got back into a groove again. Andrew Lopez, NOLA.com, "See how LSU's Brandon Sampson tries to help NBA Draft status at combine," 23 May 2018 Once the spine punctures the skin, the venom enters the wound through grooves in the spine. Ben Lowy, Smithsonian, "The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Back," 23 May 2018 When that groove drops on the second verse, COME ON. Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "Backstreet Boys Just Released Their First New Song in Five Years," 17 May 2018 Marlins finding groove The Miami Marlins are ... winning? Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "The NFL Draft is over. What's next for the Miami Dolphins? | Miami Herald," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Market goers can groove to the stylings of new musical guests each week. Quoron Walker, Courant Community, "Spruce Street Market Nights Return," 6 June 2018 Sir JoQ, a voguing artist who had just arrived from France, wildly grooved among the tables. Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, "Berkeley art patrons celebrate 10 years with Larry Rinder," 29 May 2018 Throughout the night, Cuoco and her pals moved and grooved to a soundtrack of hits by Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Beyoncé, Madonna and Kelis. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Kaley Cuoco Dances Up a Storm While Celebrating 'Magical' Bachelorette Party with Mom & Sister," 24 June 2018 Post-party guests grooved to sets in the Facebook Mood Room by Le1F and DJ Luiza Sa. Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, "Art lovers at the bold, bright Modern Ball raise $4 million for SFMOMA," 27 Apr. 2018 If the earthly departures of those two women still leave holes in the heart, then their supporting musicians did their best at this gig to groove through the losses. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 10: Kip Moore, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Phantogram & more," 7 July 2018 Kids and families can make an artistic impression with paint on their feet dancing and grooving on the museum’s painted dance floor during the African drumming and dance performance. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Mass Creativity Day brings kids, families together for an art-filled day of play," 21 June 2018 The company’s signature appetizer plate is grooved on one side to hold a fork, and its bottom fits snugly over the top of a cocktail glass, so guests can keep a hand free without spilling. Karen Stabiner, New York Times, "For the State-of-the-Art Wedding Feast, ‘Look Is Everything’," 18 June 2018 The Penn community grooved on the fried chicken sandwiches served on King’s Hawaiian buns. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Chicken wins as Jake's Sandwich Board to give way to Hatch & Coop," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of groove

Noun

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1686, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for groove

Noun

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

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groove

noun

English Language Learners Definition of groove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

groove

verb

English Language Learners Definition of groove (Entry 2 of 2)

: to enjoy listening to or dancing to music

groove

noun
\ˈgrüv \

Kids Definition of groove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a long narrow cut in a surface

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

groove

verb
grooved; grooving

Kids Definition of groove (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a long narrow cut in

groove

noun
\ˈgrüv \

Medical Definition of groove 

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

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