- 1The area between the abdomen and the thigh on either side of the body.More example sentences
- Patients may have pain in the anterior groin, anterior thigh, buttock, greater trochanter, or medial knee.
- Swelling and tenderness was noted in the groin and proximal thigh.
- In femoral fractures, patients usually complain of pain in the groin, anterior thigh, or knee, as well as painful range of motion of the hip.
- 1.1 • informal The region of the genitals.More example sentences
- The defender's right elbow is locked and her hand cannot strike the attacker's groin.
- The heavy man clutched his groin in pain and fell to his knees on the ground.
- Now he dropped the sword and she brought her knee up into the man's groin.
- 2 Architecture A curved edge formed by two intersecting vaults.More example sentences
- It is characterized by heavy, load-bearing masonry, the round-headed arch and its derivatives, the groin, and barrel vaulting.
- Gilt threads glittered in the weave of pennants and tapestries and high overhead a gold-trimmed groin vault shouldered off the arches of a marble ceiling.
- The corridor opened into a T-junction in a groin vault serving as a landing for a broad, dimly-lit staircase.
late Middle English grynde, perhaps from Old English grynde 'depression, abyss'.
- A low wall or sturdy timber barrier built out into the sea from a beach to check erosion and drifting.More example sentences
- Four new groynes - timber planking walls running down the beach towards the water - will help trap sand and give greater protection to the base of the wall.
- Visit any coastal area and you will see defence features such as groynes, sea walls and banks.
- We're blowing all this money to build houses and ruin habitat with so-called beach renourishment and jetties, groins and seawalls.
late 16th century: from dialect groin 'snout', from Old French groign, from late Latin grunium 'pig's snout', from Latin grunnire 'to grunt'.