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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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

There's a groove in the guitar line, driven by the bass and snare, that makes your feet tap to the rhythm. Courtney E. Smith, refinery29.com, "New Music To Know This Week: Tei Shi Goes Back To Her Roots, Bleached Have Retro Jams & More," 7 June 2019 Keselowski briefly nudged Logano out of the groove on the sixth lap and took off for the rout that earned him his second Martinsville grandfather clock. Jenna Fryer, The Seattle Times, "Keselowski routs field to earn win at Martinsville Speedway," 24 Mar. 2019 And, for the most elaborate cellars—finished with lacquers, custom artwork, mosaic tiles, high-end lighting and tongue-and-groove redwood, for example—the sky’s the limit. Robyn A. Friedman, WSJ, "How to Protect Your Wine Collection," 13 Sep. 2018 The 15 1/2-inch tiles come in dramatic patterns, and the glueless, tongue-and-groove installation is absolutely a snap. Rebecca Winzenried, ELLE Decor, "Home Magazine's 5th Annual Kitchen & Bath Awards 2003," 5 July 2012 In those days, engineers for tire companies created grooves in Indy racing tires by hand, thought to better handle dust and debris on the track. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Gaining Speed: A History of the Indy 500 Racing Tire," 24 May 2019 Don’t forget the grooves and crevices along the rubber trim and the tongue. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean White Converse Sneakers, According to the Experts," 20 May 2019 The Bruins finally got in a groove and ultimately earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament. David Ginsburg, The Seattle Times, "No. 3 seed Maryland hosts surging UCLA in women’s NCAAs," 24 Mar. 2019 If there's rain in the forecast, make sure your tires have good tread by sticking a coin in the groove of your tire. Brigitt Earley, Woman's Day, "6 Ways to Stay Safe on Your Next Family Road Trip," 29 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The musician is a master at matters of the heart, crooning about the euphoria of new romance backed up with her ethereal melodies and punctuated with beats that will get any listener on their feet grooving. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "LÉON's Dreamy Ballads and Bright Bops Will Give You All the Feels," 26 Apr. 2019 Guests in their finest then grooved on the dance floor; the evening was a celebratory occasion that lasted well into the early hours. Vogue, "David Barton and Susanne Bartsch Host a Star-Studded Toy Drive in Time for the Holidays," 17 Dec. 2018 Tokyo will once more light up under the electric sky Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13, and the lineup comes stacked to shake the place will groove and bass. Kat Bein, Billboard, "EDC Japan Announces 2018 Lineup Including Diplo, Deadmau5 & More," 16 Feb. 2018 Hostess Tessa Thompson had the honor of presenting this year’s winner, Erik Nieminen, with his prize, before a late night bash where guests grooved to a live performance from Sofi Tukker. Vogue, "Bombay Sapphire Celebrates Its Artisan Series at the Versace Mansion," 7 Dec. 2018 After cocktails from Tequila Avión and Absolut Elyx were poured, tracks spun by Harley Viera-Newton got the crowd—including Demi Moore, Gia Coppola, and the Foster sisters—grooving late into the night. Vogue, "Jennifer Meyer Celebrates the Opening of Her Palisades Village Boutique With an Equally Blingy Crew," 18 Oct. 2018 The strapless playsuit recalled the slinky feel of sister Kendall’s 21st birthday dress by the same designer, but with a more girlish slant, and lent Jenner the ability to groove into the wee hours on the dance floor. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Turns 21 With Two Pink Party Dresses," 10 Aug. 2018 The event closed with a freestyle showcase, where staff and residents grooved alongside the Tender Loving Dancers. F. Amanda Tugade, chicagotribune.com, "The Longest Day: Dance event at Belmont Village in Oak Park raises funds in fight against Alzheimer's," 25 June 2018 During the performance, Cowell’s eyebrows raised in amazement and Mel B was seen grooving to his vocals. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Glee Alum Noah Guthrie Auditions for America's Got Talent — and Stuns Judge Simon Cowell," 13 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
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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