Definition of groove in English:



  • 1A long, narrow cut or depression, especially one made to guide motion or receive a corresponding ridge.

    • ‘The crampons scraped across the kitchen floor, cutting grooves into the wood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The biceps tendon was displaced from its groove anteriorly but remained intact.’
    • ‘And that is why we are having a very hard look at the grooves on club-faces right now.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 dies have a series of grooves and depressions cut into them and the work piece is passed in sequence through a shaping series.’
    • ‘Further addition of membrane materials fully hides these grooves.’
    • ‘Some of these channels were as wide as rivers, others narrow grooves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Neural groove and folds emerge about 7 to 8 days after oviposition.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some use ordinary concrete blocks without the special groove and with no wires.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The water comes into the center of the block along a special groove and goes out into the output fitting.’
    • ‘Standard installation calls for a special block with a groove along the top edge.’
    • ‘The woman's face is almost square, her jaw and cheekbones wide, her mouth a groove with calm, correct corners.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 phonograph record, into which the stylus fits.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Of course, the smaller groove also required a smaller needle, and that, too, was made possible by World War II materials technology.’
    2. 1.2climbing An indentation where two planes of rock meet at an angle of more than 120°
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Climb the groove on rock then grass until you are level with a scary looking traverse back to the left.’
      • ‘Climb the groove to below the steep wall on The Pinnacles.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘When people start to speak from habit they enter into those well worn grooves of social conformity and confirmation.’
    • ‘We are also trying to set up a group to rejuvenate the joy of learning among educated adults stuck in a groove.’
    • ‘Both were above average, and when Milton got in a groove, he displayed flashes of brilliance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What with returning to work and trying to get back into the work groove and so on… it's not been pretty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    rut, routine, boring routine, habit, dead end, humdrum existence, same old round, grind, daily grind, treadmill
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  • 3informal A rhythmic pattern in popular or jazz music.

    ‘the groove laid down by the drummer and bassist is tough and funky’
    • ‘Are you more into the hardcore rap or more for the groove in hip-hop?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here they seem to have at last begun honing their ability to ride a simple groove at a moderate pace.’
    • ‘The album itself is dominated by light jazzy grooves, but is often rudely interrupted by snatches of TV, radio, and roughly sampled sounds.’
    • ‘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 dual vocals over heavy groove riffs and head-nodding rhythms are as fluid as ever.’
    • ‘His music embraces the traditional sounds of Mali along with American blues, Cuban-influenced grooves, jazz riffs, flamenco, calypso and Arab-influenced vocals.’
    • ‘The album differs from their earlier punchy efforts, concentrating on developing strong grooves laced in reverb and echoes at a leisurely-relaxed tempo.’
    • ‘The grooves, beats and samples are all too cool to believe that someone could've assembled these tracks for release.’
    • ‘Consequently, the music and grooves are the same jazzy funk that this erstwhile folksinger has been exploring over her past few albums.’
    • ‘The quartet showed greater musical range than their predecessors, with songs ranging from barbiturate-induced hallucinations to upbeat, jazzy grooves.’
    • ‘Many of the pieces ride on spare, quietly insistent pulses that owe as much to dub or African grooves as to jazz.’
    • ‘Having said that, there's probably something here for everyone - from gutsy funk to latino grooves and deep soul moves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They, unfortunately, seem more content on alternating between dirge-like arrangements and angular riffs and grooves.’
    • ‘These albums were groundbreaking explorations into chilled electronica, infused with jazzy grooves and live orchestration.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She fronted an enormously talented bunch of individuals who generated a seamless blend of urban soul and funky grooves.’
    • ‘This album is pure laid back grooves, acoustic guitars, and blissed out melodies.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many ungulates have also evolved large, complexly grooved molar teeth to grind their food of grasses and other plants.’
    • ‘Make sure the rod guides are not grooved as they will quickly damage your fly line.’
    • ‘The three rooms were lined with sweet-smelling tongued and grooved cypress.’
    • ‘On its old-fashioned white grooved notice-board, the black letters are arranged to spell out slogans - not about wine, but about larger issues.’
    • ‘Their conical surface was grooved onto which we had to turn tightly a meter or so of a thick white string.’
    • ‘Grinding the mortar bed joints is a simpler task than grooving the masonry units.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And, talking of ruts, the landscape here is grooved with many prehistoric ones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now, the branch is grooved enough (like all the other good climbing trees) so I can hold on without fear.’
    • ‘Stainless steel kitchen sinks with deep washbowls and grooved draining boards, made washing up much easier after a meal.’
    • ‘Our table, the lower of the two, was grooved which held crumbs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Adjustable pliers open to various widths, and the gripping surface of the jaw is grooved for a stronger hold.’
  • 2informal no object Dance or listen to popular or jazz music, especially that with an insistent rhythm.

    ‘they were grooving to Motown’
    • ‘But she isn't planning on grooving to any of her beats in the clubs soon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And not just any love - he's grooving to the sweet joy of the perfect pop song from 1970.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everyone seemed to be grooving to the music, or at least tapping a foot.’
    • ‘His shoulders began to groove to the beat as his breath flowed through his vocal chords, voicing the lyrics in a low baritone.’
    • ‘A cool hip hop DJ was playing and grooving all night.’
    • ‘However, I'm wondering if there's something wrong with me for grooving to the opening theme as much as I do?’
    • ‘They was receiving a much better response inside the Docks, where club kids were grooving to their trippy ambient dub.’
    • ‘Several hundred people, maybe even a thousand, were grooving to salsa 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.’
    • ‘I was totally grooving to this sound way before any of them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now, I love nothing more than being in a jazz bar with an apple martini in hand, grooving to the music.’
    • ‘I was grooving to them, thinking they were a nice local band to follow.’
    1. 2.1 Play popular music in an accomplished and stylish manner.
      ‘the rhythm section grooves in the true Basie manner’
      • ‘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. 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We saved them from themselves, and now we're all enjoying ourselves, having a ball and grooving on comic-book movies.’
      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 center of the strike zone.

    • ‘Fans who debate whether he grooved a home-run pitch to Cal Ripken in the All-Star Game are missing the true scandal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘At one point he grooves a serve that recalls the mop-haired pro from Tennessee.’
      • ‘He got seeing so good that he was grooving the ball right down the middle all the time.’
      • ‘Accelerate the putter down the line, and you'll groove a sound stroke.’
      • ‘Harrington, who had been misfiring badly on his out patterns, finally grooved a tight one into his big receiver Roy Williams.’


  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘It's been tough all year to get in the groove and get confident,’ he says.’
      • ‘They were, of course, splendid, well into the groove.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He has resorted to that long putter to get his performances back into the groove.’
      • ‘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.’
      1. 1.1Indulging in relaxed and spontaneous enjoyment, especially dancing.
        ‘get into the groove!’
        • ‘The young performers had their proud parents beaming and the other guests charmed once they got into the groove.’
        • ‘The pop and rap stars of the future get into the groove from 7.30 pm.’
        • ‘The gathering getting into the groove couldn't have asked for more than the heady mix of these two performers on a single platform.’
        • ‘Just as the music-loving crowd, a majority of them youngsters, were getting into the groove with some static jiving, the stars arrived.’
        • ‘It's that time of the year when students like to get 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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Switch it off and head out because Montreal's dance scene is finally getting back into the groove after a long summer drought.’


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