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 for groove

Synonyms: Noun

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

Synonyms: Verb

score, scribe, seam

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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

Like so many other midcentury architects, wood tongue-and-groove ceilings were a trademark of Rummer’s, and the home’s floor-to-ceiling windows overlook a forested lot. Megan Barber, Curbed, "A-frame midcentury home with gorgeous atrium asks $700K," 14 Dec. 2018 Characters from the films will be on hand, while a themed dance party will invite visitors to get their incredible grooves on. USA TODAY, "Disney parks celebrate Pixar on both coasts," 29 June 2018 Indeed, the debris flows that tore down the mountain in Polk County followed familiar, winding paths, its grooves established over the decades, if not centuries, by the slides that came before. Andrew Carter And Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "NC dropped program to map landslide hazards. Could it have prevented the latest deaths?," 31 May 2018 Now, the senior sports a different helmet and a glove as one of the many standouts on the Tigers' baseball team, which is finding its groove going into final stretch of the regular season. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Beechwood baseball's balance has Tigers in postseason form," 1 May 2018 Getting into a meditation groove takes practice, which means doing it every single day. Gigi Engle, SELF, "How to Get Really Comfortable in Your Body for Sex," 8 Dec. 2018 Deep grooves worn into his teeth suggest the nature of that work: that kind of wear often comes from passing or holding a rope between one’s teeth, as a medieval fisherman or sailor might have done. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval skeleton’s boots reveal harsh realities of life on the Thames," 6 Dec. 2018 Eventually the designer settled on a groove somewhere in the ’90s, riffing on early memories of music videos and the idea of East (specifically, Tokyo by night) meets West (i.e., Kanye). Vogue, "Balmain’s Exuberant-As-Ever Pre-Fall 2019 Menswear Channels Pop Icons and The Little Prince," 14 Nov. 2018 The beginning of the '60s was a whole different groove. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Whoopi Goldberg Battled Dyslexia and Drug Addiction Before Becoming a Movie Star," 8 Nov. 2018

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And perhaps inspired by the dance-a-thon that took place on stage earlier in the evening, everyone grooved late into the night. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "It Was Ladies’ Night at the American Ballet Theatre Fall Gala," 18 Oct. 2018 In the audience, King screamed her head off, Michelle Obama grooved in her seat, and then-President Obama, whose first inauguration Franklin performed at in 2009, was in tears. Constance Grady, Vox, "Aretha Franklin, the legendary Queen of Soul, is dead at 76," 16 Aug. 2018 Taking to Instagram during a car ride (as one does), Ariana snapped a quick clip of herself grooving along to a song. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Went Platinum Blonde," 8 Nov. 2018 At last night’s event honoring the Prada Linea Rossa relaunch, everyone from A$AP Rocky to Sofia Carson grooved out in the brand’s Soho space. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Prada Parties With the Cool Kids for Its Linea Rossa Return," 9 Sep. 2018 Skogland assured the team the canopy could be used for nongame purposes, and Duffy says the machinery would be holding up better had the axles not been grooved. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "In $180 million ask for public money, Mariners cite retractable roof used 400 times per year," 28 Aug. 2018 Miley films a selfie video of them grooving to the music until Liam screams and scares her. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Shut Down Breakup Rumors with an Adorable Instagram Video," 19 July 2018 Even with their new approach, DNCE’s signature bass lines remain intact to offer fans something to slowly groove to. Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "DNCE Drops Surprise EP 'People to People': Stream," 15 June 2018 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

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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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