groove

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English grov, grove, groof, grofe (cave; pit; mining shaft), from Old English grōf (trench, furrow, something dug), from Proto-Germanic *grōbō (groove, furrow), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰrebʰ- (to dig, scrape, bury). Cognate with Dutch groef, groeve (groove; pit, grave), German Grube (ditch, pit), Norwegian grov (brook, riverbed), Serbo-Croatian grèbati (scratch, dig). Directly descended from Old English grafan (to dig). More at grave.

grooves on a vinyl record

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɡɹuːv/
    • (file)
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɡɹuv/
  • Rhymes: -uːv

Noun[edit]

groove (plural grooves)

  1. A long, narrow channel or depression; e.g., such a slot cut into a hard material to provide a location for an engineering component, a tyre groove, or a geological channel or depression.
    Antonym: ridge
  2. A fixed routine.
    • 1873, John Morley, Rousseau
      The gregarious trifling of life in the social groove.
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, The Haunted House:
      Through these distresses, the Odd Girl was cheerful and exemplary. But within four hours after dark we had got into a supernatural groove, and the Odd Girl had seen “Eyes,” and was in hysterics.
    • 2011 October 23, Becky Ashton, “QPR 1 - 0 Chelsea”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      His counterpart Neil Warnock got his tactics spot on as Chelsea struggled to get into any sort of groove in the first half.
  3. The middle of the strike zone in baseball where a pitch is most easily hit.
  4. (music) A pronounced, enjoyable rhythm.
    • 1979, “Rapper's Delight”, performed by The Sugarhill Gang:
      Now, what you hear is not a test, I'm rapping to the beat / And me, the groove, and my friends are gonna try to move your feet
    • 1985, Stephen Bray; Madonna (lyrics and music), “Into the Groove”, in Like a Virgin, performed by Madonna:
      Get into the groove / Boy, you've got to prove / Your love to me / Get up on your feet / Yeah, step to the beat
  5. (mining) A shaft or excavation.
  6. (motor racing) A racing line, a path across the racing circuit's surface that a racecar will usually track on. (Note: There may be multiple grooves on any particular circuit or segment of circuit)

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Verb[edit]

groove (third-person singular simple present grooves, present participle grooving, simple past and past participle grooved)

  1. (transitive) To cut a groove or channel in; to form into channels or grooves; to furrow.
  2. (intransitive) To perform, dance to, or enjoy rhythmic music.
    I was just starting to groove to the band when we had to leave.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English.

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Noun[edit]

groove m (plural grooves)

  1. groove (fixed routine)

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English.

Noun[edit]

groove m (plural grooves)

  1. groove (music style)