Main definitions of groin in English

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groin1

noun

  • 1The area between the abdomen and the thigh on either side of the body.

    • ‘The most common cause of groin pain in athletes is probably adductor strain.’
    • ‘It can also give you a fever, low-back pain or pain in your groin (the area where the legs meet your body).’
    • ‘It suggests that the laparoscopic method may be better for hernias that occur on both sides of the groin and for recurrences.’
    • ‘One week before the competition while throwing one of my practice partners, I injured my groin.’
    • ‘Ticks most often sting in the areas around the neck, behind the ear lobe and in the groin area.’
    • ‘He is hitting well after missing two months with a strained left groin.’
    • ‘The femoral is located in the leg at the groin area.’
    • ‘A fortnight ago, he had 35 goals before a groin injury sidelined him.’
    • ‘You're in the shower one morning when you notice a lump where your thigh meets your groin.’
    • ‘Patients may have pain in the anterior groin, anterior thigh, buttock, greater trochanter, or medial knee.’
    • ‘We surveyed the advice given to patients on driving after groin hernia surgery.’
    • ‘Lift your shoulders off the floor bringing your upper body towards your groin, hold position then release.’
    • ‘The pain may be in the groin, buttocks, anterior thigh, or over the area of the greater trochanter.’
    • ‘The hernia may look like a bulge or swelling in the groin area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A local anesthetic is injected into your groin to numb the area.’
    • ‘Swelling and tenderness was noted in the groin and proximal thigh.’
    1. 1.1informal The region of the genitals.
      • ‘Kicking targets are many - the groin, lower abdomen, or solar plexus.’
      • ‘Now he dropped the sword and she brought her knee up into the man's groin.’
      • ‘The heavy man clutched his groin in pain and fell to his knees on the ground.’
      • ‘I saw him dart after a guy that kicked him in the groin near those buildings over there.’
      • ‘The defender's right elbow is locked and her hand cannot strike the attacker's groin.’
      • ‘He could hear her breath quicken, her moans deepen, as her hands fought to find access to his groin where she could turn the tables on him.’
      • ‘Eventually, but without warning, she pulled away, her lips leaving his again, her hand drifting from his groin.’
      • ‘He crumbled to the floor, clutching his groin in agony.’
      • ‘Having captured a leg, and thus controlled the opponent's movement, a toe kick to the groin, inner thigh or lower abdomen could be easily applied.’
      • ‘She kneed him in the groin and ran for the front door.’
      • ‘For good measure, I added a kick to the groin and he doubled over on the kitchen floor, shouting curses at me.’
      crotch, crutch, genitals
      lap
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  • 2Architecture
    A curved edge formed by two intersecting vaults.

    • ‘The corridor opened into a T-junction in a groin vault serving as a landing for a broad, dimly-lit staircase.’
    • ‘The light didn't quite reach the high ceiling where carved figures lurked in the shadows of a graceful groin vault.’
    • ‘It is characterized by heavy, load-bearing masonry, the round-headed arch and its derivatives, the groin, and barrel vaulting.’
    • ‘On an impulse that she hardly understood, she crouched in a shadowed groin of the red-tiled roof, and peeked down into the forbidden area.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Late Middle English grynde, perhaps from Old English grynde depression, abyss.

Pronunciation

groin

/ɡroin/

Main definitions of groin in English

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groin2

(also groyne)

noun

  • A low wall or sturdy timber barrier built out into the sea from a beach to check erosion and drifting.

    • ‘Today, there is a functioning, studied spot off the coast of Australia that, unlike groins, jetties or sand pumping, was deliberately created for surfing.’
    • ‘Previously, the Port Authority has come out in favour of an eastern breakwater rail option, which would see a rock groyne extended out into the ocean.’
    • ‘The giant waves smashed the groyne wall built in the 1970s and made of big blue metal boulders on the shore, tore down the fence, flooded the lawns and entered the Shore Temple.’
    • ‘Coastal property owners have constructed sea walls, groins, and other devices to protect their property, and they also provide political support for public efforts to build and maintain shoreline engineering structures.’
    • ‘The installation of groynes, breakwaters, or protective sea walls has knock-on effects on the natural circulation of water and sediment in the near-shore environment.’
    • ‘The artist's work focuses on the seafront and includes the groynes, gulls, yachts, beach huts and other items that form estuary scenery.’
    • ‘When a school passes beneath a pier or drifting boat, or within casting distance of a rock groin or favorite stretch of beach, every bait in its path gets picked up.’
    • ‘Early in the morning, a lone figure could be seen setting up an easel on one of the groynes found along the beach.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We're blowing all this money to build houses and ruin habitat with so-called beach renourishment and jetties, groins and seawalls.’
    • ‘The plan spends the bulk of its renourishment, artificial dunes, seawalls, groins and repairs to existing structures.’
    • ‘The draft includes plans for a new groyne between the port and Town Beach.’
    • ‘Visit any coastal area and you will see defence features such as groynes, sea walls and banks.’
    • ‘To prevent beaches from disappearing, landowners build rock walls called groins perpendicular to the coast.’
    • ‘Seawalls, groins, and other manmade structures (including beach nourishment projects) can potentially reduce short-term, immediate erosion risk.’
    • ‘Some New Jersey communities built rock walls, called groins, perpendicular to the beach.’
    • ‘Up early, down to the beach or groyne for an hour or so fishing and then home to fresh fish for breakfast, could there be a better start to the day?’
    • ‘The construction of groynes along the Ennore Expressway and the subsequent formation of beaches on the southern side have served as protection against tsunami, according to an ocean scientist in Chennai.’
    • ‘She stood and walked down the groin to the beach, and intent on finishing her own run, ran in the same direction as Crane, towards the Nelson house at the top of the hill.’
    • ‘Fishermen who don't have boats do well also from the Texas City Dike, the Lighted Pier at the end of the dike, and from beachfront rock groins or piers.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from dialect groin snout from Old French groign, from late Latin grunium pig's snout from Latin grunnire to grunt.

Pronunciation

groin

/ɡroin/