groove

noun
\ ˈgrüv How to pronounce groove (audio) \

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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Verb

groover noun

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Throughout the camp’s second day, Keys popped in on the simultaneous sessions to listen to the beginnings of tracks and offer up advice to campers who were trying to find their groove in the booths and at the boards. Adelle Platon, Billboard, "Alicia Keys On She Is The Music Songwriters Camp: 'We All Have to Be Focused on Getting More Women to the Table'," 12 Feb. 2020 White tongue-and-groove walls contrast with the charred matte black ceilings, once again playing with height. Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, "A SoCal Lakeside Cabin Gets a Total Remodel for Multi-Generational Vacations," 28 Jan. 2020 This tiny house is made of Nordic spruce and covered in tongue-and-groove planks, providing a look that’s more, well, house-like. Alex Warner, PEOPLE.com, "Amazon’s Viral DIY Tiny House That’s Been Sold Out for Months Is Back in Stock," 10 Jan. 2020 The great room, which features tongue-and-groove, doweled rafters above matching Koa floors, provides plenty of room to entertain, but the downstairs game room is where the real fun happens. Liv Sotheby's International Realty, The Denver Post, "A timeless luxury, 375 Mill Creek Circle is Vail’s premier ski-in/ski-out property," 20 Dec. 2019 The floor, tongue-and-groove softwood, had never been stained, except by rain, which had leached through the boards, turning the fir underfoot a buttery brown. Wes Enzinna, Harper's magazine, "Gimme Shelter," 19 Nov. 2019 Designed by James Antony, the 3,639-square-foot main residence incorporates a mix of tropical hardwoods, a lava rock fireplace, teak floors and vaulted tongue-and-groove ceilings. Los Angeles Times, "‘Toy Story 3’ director Lee Unkrich seeks $6.8 million for Kauai retreat," 23 Oct. 2019 The interior is lined with redwood walls and tongue-and-groove ceilings, while a brick fireplace and walls add contrast. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Glass-and-brick midcentury gem on Lake Michigan asks $2.5M," 21 June 2019 There are lulling campfire songs and gritty rock grooves, frenetic jazz saxophones and menacing trap drums. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "The 10 Best Albums of 2019," 27 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Luckily, wife Priyanka Chopra and the rest of the J-Sisters didn't seem to care. They were seen grooving along to the music in the audience and dutifully clapping when the song wrapped up. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "May We All Be As Graceful As Nick Jonas, Who Had Food In His Teeth At The Grammys," 28 Jan. 2020 Down a touchdown but with all the momentum, Auburn’s players jumped and grooved on the sideline. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Hoping for chaos, a nation feels a frustration Auburn knows too well," 17 Nov. 2019 Pretty much everyone here appears to be feeling the love, whether joyously shimmying on the dance floor or huddled around one of four horseshoe bars, grooving in place on their barstools. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Why Jerry Blavat loves me (and literally everyone else at Memories in Margate)," 11 July 2018 For example, two years ago, while the post-millennials rocked to Billy Idol and Bruno Mars, the selfie set grooved to Halsey and the Chainsmokers. Washington Post, "Get crowds off your calendar in 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 The receiver is also grooved for standard rimfire tip-off scope mounts. Chris Christian, Outdoor Life, "The 12 Best Budget Guns for Coyote Hunting," 20 Nov. 2019 Despite the song telling the tale of loneliness, the two seemed to have a great time performing together, laughing and grooving along to the infectious beat. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Lauv & Anne-Marie Team Up for 'Lonely' Performance on 'Late Night With Seth Meyers': Watch," 4 Oct. 2019 The remaining work on the bridges includes grinding and grooving the bridges and completing the installation of lighting. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "I-59/20 bridges could open by Jan. 21," 19 Dec. 2019 Judges, lawyers and preachers grooved beside black, Latino and white patrons. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Legendary blues guitarist Curley Mays thrilled crowds in San Antonio and hot spots across the country," 16 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'groove.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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 entry 5

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The first known use of groove was in 1659

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21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Groove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groove?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=g&file=groove01. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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groove

noun
How to pronounce groove (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of groove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long, narrow cut or low area in a surface
US : a state in which you are able to do something well and easily especially because you are doing it often
chiefly British : a dull routine that does not change

groove

verb

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

informal + old-fashioned : to enjoy listening to or dancing to music

groove

noun
\ ˈgrüv How to pronounce groove (audio) \

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 How to pronounce groove (audio) \

Medical Definition of groove

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

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