Definition of groove in English:



  • 1A long, narrow cut or depression in a hard material.

    • ‘The woman's face is almost square, her jaw and cheekbones wide, her mouth a groove with calm, correct corners.’
    • ‘The grooves are slightly offset so as the upper assembly moves forward, the cylinder is forced to engage the correct groove with the stud.’
    • ‘You see the city as a solid mass in which there have been carved narrow grooves, criss-crossing this stone block thousands of times.’
    • ‘The water comes into the center of the block along a special groove and goes out into the output fitting.’
    • ‘It then opens its mouth slightly and by expanding and contracting its throat grooves and retracting its huge tongue creates a powerful suction to suck up the food-filled sediment.’
    • ‘Neural groove and folds emerge about 7 to 8 days after oviposition.’
    • ‘Some use ordinary concrete blocks without the special groove and with no wires.’
    • ‘The dies have a series of grooves and depressions cut into them and the work piece is passed in sequence through a shaping series.’
    • ‘The kneecap rides in a specific groove of the thighbone, and if the muscles are unbalanced, pain can begin from the kneecap grinding on the groove the wrong way.’
    • ‘The crampons scraped across the kitchen floor, cutting grooves into the wood.’
    • ‘The grooves are the depressions in the rifling.’
    • ‘Use a foot with narrower grooves on lightweight fabrics, and one with wider grooves on mediumweight fabrics.’
    • ‘There, the mason had to lie on his stomach in a narrow groove, working his tools horizontally, chips and limestone dust dropping in front of his face.’
    • ‘Further addition of membrane materials fully hides these grooves.’
    • ‘And that is why we are having a very hard look at the grooves on club-faces right now.’
    • ‘The biceps tendon was displaced from its groove anteriorly but remained intact.’
    • ‘Some of these channels were as wide as rivers, others narrow grooves.’
    • ‘She took her key-ring out as she walked towards her car, unknowingly shifting them around between her fingers feeling for the grooves of the correct key.’
    • ‘Standard installation calls for a special block with a groove along the top edge.’
    • ‘The teeth of the two large crocodile species known to live then were too blunt and too irregularly spaced to have produced the narrow grooves found on the Majungatholus bones.’
    furrow, channel, trench, trough, canal, gouge, hollow, indentation, rut, gutter, cutting, cut, score, fissure, seam
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    1. 1.1 A spiral track cut in a record, into which the stylus fits.
      • ‘Of course, the smaller groove also required a smaller needle, and that, too, was made possible by World War II materials technology.’
      • ‘Anyway, the way it worked was that this needle scratched around the grooves of the disc and the vibrations were translated into sound.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He correctly identified 20 out of 20 recordings just by studying the record grooves.’
      • ‘With a typical pop/rock record, the groove will be 2.5 mils (thousands of an inch) wide, and will move from side to side a total of 2.5 mils.’
    2. 1.2Climbing An indentation where two planes of rock meet at an angle of more than 120°.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Climb out of the groove on the right and make a long reach to gain easier ground.’
      • ‘Continue up the groove / cracks finishing more easily up the right-facing corner.’
      • ‘Climb the groove to below the steep wall on The Pinnacles.’
  • 2An established routine or habit.

    ‘his thoughts were slipping into a familiar groove’
    • ‘But that will - it will get me into the work groove.’
    • ‘If Japan can keep growing and get its competitive groove back, more and more Japanese might feel confident enough about their economic future to splurge.’
    • ‘When people start to speak from habit they enter into those well worn grooves of social conformity and confirmation.’
    • ‘Two of the best players in the NBA not only have fallen into an amazing groove of leading the way, they've learned when and how to give way to their supporting cast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both were above average, and when Milton got in a groove, he displayed flashes of brilliance.’
    • ‘That means I welcome debate from any side of the political fence but not cheap shots or sloganeering which will derail the conversation - or rather rail it - into the usual grooves.’
    • ‘I prefer articles which are provocative to those which follow well-worn grooves because I think the development of critical thinking is important to good debate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What with returning to work and trying to get back into the work groove and so on… it's not been pretty.’
    • ‘We are also trying to set up a group to rejuvenate the joy of learning among educated adults stuck in a groove.’
    rut, routine, boring routine, habit, dead end, humdrum existence, same old round, grind, daily grind, treadmill
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  • 3informal A particular rhythm in popular or jazz music.

    ‘her vocals drift delicately across a soaring soul groove’
    • ‘On the contrary, the passion that bursts forth from these grooves enables the music to come fully alive three decades later.’
    • ‘Their search for the perfect beat has resulted in a series of sound experiments packed with cyclic grooves and hypnotic rhythms.’
    • ‘Having said that, there's probably something here for everyone - from gutsy funk to latino grooves and deep soul moves.’
    • ‘This album is pure laid back grooves, acoustic guitars, and blissed out melodies.’
    • ‘Combining authentic retro tunes of the 60's with the new upbeat grooves of the 80's, the soundtrack moves along at a cracking pace through the decades.’
    • ‘The dual vocals over heavy groove riffs and head-nodding rhythms are as fluid as ever.’
    • ‘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 album itself is dominated by light jazzy grooves, but is often rudely interrupted by snatches of TV, radio, and roughly sampled sounds.’
    • ‘The grooves, beats and samples are all too cool to believe that someone could've assembled these tracks for release.’
    • ‘These albums were groundbreaking explorations into chilled electronica, infused with jazzy grooves and live orchestration.’
    • ‘The quartet showed greater musical range than their predecessors, with songs ranging from barbiturate-induced hallucinations to upbeat, jazzy grooves.’
    • ‘They, unfortunately, seem more content on alternating between dirge-like arrangements and angular riffs and grooves.’
    • ‘She fronted an enormously talented bunch of individuals who generated a seamless blend of urban soul and funky grooves.’
    • ‘They have developed a large following who enjoy the band's strong harmonies and arrangements, vibrant performance and delightful repertoire of jazz standards, Latin grooves and swing.’
    • ‘Are you more into the hardcore rap or more for the groove in hip-hop?’
    • ‘Driven by the barest resources of rhythm and groove, amongst discordant guitar shards and electronic noise, the song brings the album's diesel start to a grind.’
    • ‘The album differs from their earlier punchy efforts, concentrating on developing strong grooves laced in reverb and echoes at a leisurely-relaxed tempo.’
    • ‘Here they seem to have at last begun honing their ability to ride a simple groove at a moderate pace.’
    • ‘His music embraces the traditional sounds of Mali along with American blues, Cuban-influenced grooves, jazz riffs, flamenco, calypso and Arab-influenced vocals.’
    rhythm, beat, pulse, cadence, pace, rhythmical flow, rhythmical pattern, measure, metre, tempo, lilt
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  • 1with object Make a groove or grooves in.

    ‘deep lines grooved her face’
    • ‘All of the properties have either private balconies, rear patio access or both - the balconies feature grooved timber decking with decorative timber handrails and balustrading.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Make sure the rod guides are not grooved as they will quickly damage your fly line.’
    • ‘You can get a definite improvement by fitting grooved discs at £114 per pair and enhance this by fitting better pads at £38 a set.’
    • ‘For instance, one of the overhead cubby holes was grooved to form a CD-rack, which was very handy and would have been even more so had the car come with a CD player.’
    • ‘Another half-mile along the top wall and we reach a ladder stile and the descent, which is all in a sunken path and takes you past the crag-line and steeply down into some interesting rough and grooved terrain.’
    • ‘Our table, the lower of the two, was grooved which held crumbs.’
    • ‘On its old-fashioned white grooved notice-board, the black letters are arranged to spell out slogans - not about wine, but about larger issues.’
    • ‘Many ungulates have also evolved large, complexly grooved molar teeth to grind their food of grasses and other plants.’
    • ‘The black and white images suggested a lunar surface with bright elevated land masses, grooved by sloping drainage channels and seemingly surrounded by dark, still pools of oily liquid.’
    • ‘Now, the branch is grooved enough (like all the other good climbing trees) so I can hold on without fear.’
    • ‘After making what I thought was a good assessment of the radio, I placed the broken metal saw blade on top of the screw and started grooving a notch into the screw head.’
    • ‘Adjustable pliers open to various widths, and the gripping surface of the jaw is grooved for a stronger hold.’
    • ‘We've had grooved tyres and smaller tyres and we're still increasing the aerodynamic performance of the tyres and I think its probably the wrong route.’
    • ‘The three rooms were lined with sweet-smelling tongued and grooved cypress.’
    • ‘Their conical surface was grooved onto which we had to turn tightly a meter or so of a thick white string.’
    • ‘There's a lanyard loop (don't laugh, they make perfect sense, especially for a hard-working gun) and the grip frame is grooved on the rear and front straps to enhance your grip.’
    • ‘Grinding the mortar bed joints is a simpler task than grooving the masonry units.’
    • ‘And, talking of ruts, the landscape here is grooved with many prehistoric ones.’
  • 2informal no object Dance or listen to popular or jazz music.

    ‘they were grooving to Motown’
    • ‘However, I'm wondering if there's something wrong with me for grooving to the opening theme as much as I do?’
    • ‘Picture your humble narrator reading a book, grooving to Janis Joplin being played over the speakers, nursing a cup of coffee and digging into a fantastic chicken pesto crepe, and doing his best to resist the potatoes with sour cream.’
    • ‘And not just any love - he's grooving to the sweet joy of the perfect pop song from 1970.’
    • ‘The food was fantastic, what little of it I managed to find the time and appetite to eat, and the bartenders were a laugh, grooving to the music and pouring extremely generous measures of rum and vodka.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She found her in the center of the masses, grooving to the music, almost oblivious to everything around her.’
    • ‘Several hundred people, maybe even a thousand, were grooving to salsa tunes.’
    • ‘A cool hip hop DJ was playing and grooving all night.’
    • ‘The dance floor is packed with sweaty, tanned and gorgeous disco hedonists grooving to a mix of Top 40 chart beats as well as more eclectic New York-meets-LA club tunes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His shoulders began to groove to the beat as his breath flowed through his vocal chords, voicing the lyrics in a low baritone.’
    • ‘Just a bunch of college kids grooving to bad dance music, acting immature and possibly drinking underage.’
    • ‘The crowd here is very young but they are grooving to a 50-something man.’
    • ‘Now, I love nothing more than being in a jazz bar with an apple martini in hand, grooving to the music.’
    • ‘They was receiving a much better response inside the Docks, where club kids were grooving to their trippy ambient dub.’
    • ‘I was totally grooving to this sound way before any of them.’
    • ‘Everyone seemed to be grooving to the music, or at least tapping a foot.’
    • ‘I was grooving to them, thinking they were a nice local band to follow.’
    • ‘They were America's early contribution to the punk rock scene, when everybody else was grooving to Brit pop heroes like Elton John and Peter Frampton.’
    • ‘But she isn't planning on grooving to any of her beats in the clubs soon.’
    1. 2.1 Play popular or jazz music in an accomplished manner.
      ‘the rhythm section grooves in the true Basie manner’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And true to its name, it grooves from start to finish.’
      • ‘The rhythm section groove mightily; Parker can light a fire underneath pretty much any band and his solidity is typically elemental here.’
    2. 2.2 Enjoy oneself.
      ‘Harley relaxed and began to groove’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      have fun, have a good time, enjoy life, be happy, live, live life to the full, have the time of one's life
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  • 3Baseball
    informal with object Pitch (a ball) in the centre of the strike zone.

    ‘he grooved a fastball in the 9th inning’
    • ‘Fans who debate whether he grooved a home-run pitch to Cal Ripken in the All-Star Game are missing the true scandal.’
    • ‘He used to groove fastballs when men were on base.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead of pitching around him and setting up a force at any base, he grooved one and the batter produced a two-run single.’
    1. 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Accelerate the putter down the line, and you'll groove a sound stroke.’


  • in (or into) the groove

    • 1informal Performing consistently well or confidently.

      ‘it might take me a couple of races to get back into the groove’
      • ‘‘It's been tough all year to get in the groove and get confident,’ he says.’
      • ‘He has resorted to that long putter to get his performances back into the groove.’
      • ‘After a few days of getting lost, and teachers starting to know my name based on that simple fact, I eventually got into the groove of things.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The prospect of having just one week to pick themselves up, repair shattered morale, and get everyone back into the groove before taking on Clare in the first round of the championship was uninviting to say the very least.’
      • ‘As a result both have had periods where goals have proved hard to come by, but the pair look to be back in the groove and it has certainly given him reason to be confident about what the team can achieve this season.’
      • ‘If I don't work out for a few days, I don't want to get back into the groove for a week sometimes and then WHEN I get back to it, my strength and fitness has really fallen off and it's a big drag to try to get back to the level you were at.’
      • ‘They were, of course, splendid, well into the groove.’
      • ‘I'm sure I'll be a bit rusty on the first couple of stages, but it won't take long to get back into the groove.’
      1. 1.1Enjoying oneself, especially by dancing.
        ‘get into the groove!’
        • ‘The pop and rap stars of the future get into the groove from 7.30 pm.’
        • ‘It's that time of the year when students like to get into the groove.’
        • ‘Once she got into the groove, she started to smile and play happily and run through the garden in the late afternoon screaming at the top of her lungs into the wind just for fun.’
        • ‘Just as the music-loving crowd, a majority of them youngsters, were getting into the groove with some static jiving, the stars arrived.’
        • ‘Switch it off and head out because Montreal's dance scene is finally getting back into the groove after a long summer drought.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The gathering getting into the groove couldn't have asked for more than the heady mix of these two performers on a single platform.’
        • ‘The young performers had their proud parents beaming and the other guests charmed once they got into the groove.’
        • ‘Head to the snowy slopes this winter and get into the groove with some skiing as this week's fab gear swishes and slides through the winter wonderland of the ski suit.’
        • ‘Feel the rhythm and get into the groove.’


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