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From Middle English groof, grofe(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 grebati(scratch, dig). Directly descended from Old English grafan(to dig). More at grave.

grooves on a vinyl record



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.
  2. A fixed routine.
    • (Can we date this quote?) J. Morley
      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. A pronounced, enjoyable rhythm.
  5. (mining) A shaft or excavation.

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

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





groove m (plural grooves)

  1. groove (fixed routine)



groove m (plural grooves)

  1. groove (music style)