Definition of groove in English:


Line breaks: groove
Pronunciation: /gruːv


  • 1A long, narrow cut or depression in a hard material.
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    • And that is why we are having a very hard look at the grooves on club-faces right now.
    • You see the city as a solid mass in which there have been carved narrow grooves, criss-crossing this stone block thousands of times.
    • Some of these channels were as wide as rivers, others narrow grooves.
    furrow, channel, trench, trough, canal, gouge, hollow, indentation, rut, gutter, cutting, cut, score, fissure, seam
    technical rabbet, rebate
  • 1.1A spiral track cut in a record, into which the stylus fits.
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    • They may rely on as simple an explanation as that of a print of a coin in wax, or they may, like Wittgenstein, use examples such as the structural analogy between music and the groove in a gramophone record.
    • Anyway, the way it worked was that this needle scratched around the grooves of the disc and the vibrations were translated into sound.
    • Of course, the smaller groove also required a smaller needle, and that, too, was made possible by World War II materials technology.
  • 1.2 Climbing An indentation where two planes of rock meet at an angle of more than 120°.
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    • Climb the groove on rock then grass until you are level with a scary looking traverse back to the left.
    • Climb the crack / grooves with continual interest until the top - at the top either continue vertically or traverse leftwards around the bulge.
    • Continue up the groove / cracks finishing more easily up the right-facing corner.
  • 2An established routine or habit: his thoughts were slipping into a familiar groove
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    • Like any habit, once a groove is established, it is often difficult to change, and changing is even harder if it means you'll have to use less weight.
    • His texts resist settling into established grooves of interpretation, and continue to engage new readers because this powerful, animated, and sometimes contradictory thinking lies so close to the surface.
    • But that will - it will get me into the work groove.
    rut, routine, boring routine, habit, dead end, humdrum existence, same old round, grind, daily grind, treadmill
  • 3 informal A particular rhythm in popular or jazz music: her vocals drift delicately across a soaring soul groove
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    • Consequently, the music and grooves are the same jazzy funk that this erstwhile folksinger has been exploring over her past few albums.
    • Many of the pieces ride on spare, quietly insistent pulses that owe as much to dub or African grooves as to jazz.
    • The dual vocals over heavy groove riffs and head-nodding rhythms are as fluid as ever.


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  • 1 [with object] Make a groove or grooves in: deep lines grooved her face
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    • Bare hills and mountains are grooved with swirling lines of erosion while an almost endless ribbon of palms meanders from one village to the next.
    • Stainless steel kitchen sinks with deep washbowls and grooved draining boards, made washing up much easier after a meal.
    • The three rooms were lined with sweet-smelling tongued and grooved cypress.
  • 2 [no object] informal Dance to or play popular or jazz music: they were grooving to Motown
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    • Just a bunch of college kids grooving to bad dance music, acting immature and possibly drinking underage.
    • Although, I think a major part of it were the people, those who were pretending to be enjoying this violent scene, along with dancing and grooving to music with profane lyrics - violent in content towards women and others.
    • This is a name that should be at the top of your shopping list, no matter what styles of music you're currently grooving to.
  • 2.1 dated Play popular or jazz music in an accomplished manner: the rhythm section grooves in the true Basie manner
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    • And true to its name, it grooves from start to finish.
    • Clearly he enjoyed the opportunity to groove with young musicians, and judging by his gracious, charming attitude he was as happy as ever to let a crowd in on the fun.
    • The rhythm section groove mightily; Parker can light a fire underneath pretty much any band and his solidity is typically elemental here.
  • 2.2Enjoy oneself: Harley relaxed and began to groove
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    • They even rented a couple of them out on a monthly basis, including one to a local New York University student, who grooved on living in a cabin on lower Broadway.
    • The show has always grooved in the cerebral and quixotic, which often translates to slow.
    • We saved them from themselves, and now we're all enjoying ourselves, having a ball and grooving on comic-book movies.
  • 3 [with object] Baseball , • informal Pitch (a ball) in the centre of the strike zone: he grooved a fastball in the 9th inning
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    • I seem to recall that when he was stopped after hitting in 44 straight games, he said the opposing pitcher should have grooved him a fastball right down the heart of the strike zone so he could continue his streak.
    • Fans who debate whether he grooved a home-run pitch to Cal Ripken in the All-Star Game are missing the true scandal.
    • But until he relaxes in the batter's box and stops diving for pitches, opposing pitchers aren't going to groove any fastballs his way.
  • 3.1North American (In the context of other sports) kick or throw (the ball) successfully; score (a goal) with stylish ease: the San Diego kicker grooved the winning field goal
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    • He got seeing so good that he was grooving the ball right down the middle all the time.
    • Harrington, who had been misfiring badly on his out patterns, finally grooved a tight one into his big receiver Roy Williams.
    • At one point he grooves a serve that recalls the mop-haired pro from Tennessee.


in (or into) the groove

Performing consistently well or confidently: it might take me a couple of races to get back into the groove
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  • A musician himself, he first discusses the experiences had by musicians who are in the groove, who are performing at their peak as it all comes together.
  • While he started out shaky, as he's done in his previous performances, he got into the groove quickly and stuck with it through the end of the song.
  • He has resorted to that long putter to get his performances back into the groove.
Enjoying oneself, especially by dancing: get into the groove!
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  • The young performers had their proud parents beaming and the other guests charmed once they got into the groove.
  • Just as the crowd was getting into the groove - the band had just played a fantastic jazz number that truly showed off their wealth of musical talent - the performance ended.
  • Feel the rhythm and get into the groove.



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  • So if you want to be sure to have fun the next time you go to Germany, ask a local where a good club is - being the groovers they are, they're bound to know.
  • Young groovers were dancing up a storm to raise money for a children's charity.
  • The pair used to be friends, back when they were the young groovers of our literary scene.


Middle English (denoting a mine or shaft): from Dutch groeve 'furrow, pit'; related to grave1.

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