a long, narrow cut or indentation in a surface, as the cut in a board to receive the tongue of another board (tongue-and-groove joint) a furrow, or a natural indentation on an organism.
the track or channel of a phonograph record for the needle or stylus.
a fixed routine: to get into a groove.
Printing. the furrow at the bottom of a piece of type. See diag. under type.
Slang. an enjoyable time or experience.
verb (used with object), grooved, grooving.
to cut a groove in; furrow.
to appreciate and enjoy.
to please immensely.
verb (used without object), grooved, grooving.
to take great pleasure; enjoy oneself: He was grooving on the music.
to get along or interact well.
to fix in a groove.
in the groove, Slang.
in perfect functioning order.
in the popular fashion; up-to-date: If you want to be in the groove this summer, you'll need a bikini.

1350–1400; Middle English grofe, groof mining shaft; cognate with Middle Dutch groeve, Dutch groef, German Grube pit, ditch; akin to grave1

grooveless, adjective
groovelike, adjective
groover, noun
regroove, verb (used with object), regrooved, regrooving.

3. rut, habit, pattern. Unabridged
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groove (ɡruːv)
1.  a long narrow channel or furrow, esp one cut into wood by a tool
2.  See also microgroove the spiral channel, usually V-shaped, in a gramophone record
3.  one of the spiral cuts in the bore of a gun
4.  anatomy any furrow or channel on a bodily structure or part; sulcus
5.  mountaineering a shallow fissure in a rock face or between two rock faces, forming an angle of more than 120°
6.  a settled existence, routine, etc, to which one is suited or accustomed, esp one from which it is difficult to escape
7.  slang an experience, event, etc, that is groovy
8.  in the groove
 a.  jazz playing well and apparently effortlessly, with a good beat, etc
 b.  (US) fashionable
9.  (tr) to form or cut a groove in
10.  old-fashioned, slang (intr) to enjoy oneself or feel in rapport with one's surroundings
11.  (intr) jazz to play well, with a good beat, etc
[C15: from obsolete Dutch groeve, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German gruoba pit, Old Norse grof]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, from O.N. grod "pit," or M.Du. groeve "furrow, ditch," from P.Gmc. *grobo (cf. O.N. grof "brook, river bed," O.H.G. gruoba "ditch," Goth. groba "pit, cave," O.E. græf "ditch"), related to grave (n.). Sense of "long, narrow channel or furrow" is 1659. Meaning
"spiral cut in a phonograph record" is from 1902. Fig. sense of "routine" is from 1842, often depreciatory at first, "a rut." Adj. groovy is 1853 in lit. sense of "of a groove;" 1937 in slang sense of "excellent," from jazz slang phrase in the groove (1932) "performing well (without grandstanding)." As teen slang for "wonderful," it dates from 1944; popularized 1960s, out of currency by 1980.
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groove (grōōv)
A rut, groove, or narrow depression or channel in a surface.

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Idioms & Phrases


see in the groove.

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Example sentences
Turns out that the venom's viscosity keeps it nestled in the groove.
For all their individual talents, the musicians had trouble finding a groove.
Monkeys don't care much for human music, but apparently they will groove to
  their own beat.
They ask us probing questions, forcing us out of the groove of our memorized
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