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 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 His sound, like that of Walker and fellow R&B darling Ari Lennox, is a youthful interpolation of the genre’s beloved hallmarks: soulful grooves, borderline-saccharine romantic sentiments, and sultry bops. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Musician Who Wants to Be the ‘King of R&B’," 12 Nov. 2019 As a Senate candidate, he’d been allowed to gradually settle into a messaging groove, to build momentum in an organic way. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "O’Rourke’s assets became liabilities in presidential race," 6 Nov. 2019 Patterson finding groove: The stats aren't an accurate representation of how well Patterson played. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football needed better start at Penn State; what to watch vs. Notre Dame," 20 Oct. 2019 Pepper run-out groove), the Beatles decided to go with it. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "The Beatles' Abbey Road at 50: The Most Fascinating Revelations from the Expansive Box Set," 1 Oct. 2019 These grooves, Pierattini believes, were meant for cranes. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Crane Has Been Perfect Since 700 B.C.," 27 Aug. 2019 Tolliver couldn’t have picked a better time to finally find his groove. oregonlive, "Anthony Tolliver leads Portland Trail Blazers to win over Charlotte Hornets with big fourth quarter," 14 Jan. 2020 Since a 12-game losing streak that lasted a month and ended Nov. 23, Texas has found its groove by ripping off a 12-4-2-0 record. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Neil Graham is back to hockey as usual in his role as Texas Stars head coach," 5 Jan. 2020 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

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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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Last Updated

7 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Groove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grooving. Accessed 19 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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