Meaning of GROOVE in English


groove /ɡruːv/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Dutch ; Origin: groeve ]

1 . a thin line cut into a hard surface:

The bolt slid easily into the groove.

a shallow groove cut into the cliff

2 . be stuck in a groove to do something in the same way for a long time so that it becomes boring:

Our product range was stuck in a groove.

3 . informal the beat of a piece of popular music:

a hypnotic dub groove

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■ on the ground/on the surface of something

▪ line a long thin mark on a piece of paper, the ground, or another surface:

The teacher put a red line through the first sentence.


If the ball goes over the line, it’s out of play.

▪ groove a thin line that has been cut into a surface:

Deep grooves had been cut into the stone to channel the water.


Lyle ran his fingernail along the groove in the table.

▪ rut a deep line in the ground which has been made by the wheels of vehicles:

The deep ruts made by the trucks were full of water.


The tractor’s wheels caught a rut in the field and jolted him.

▪ crease/wrinkle a line on clothes, material, or paper where it has been folded or crushed:

She was trying to smooth out the creases in her dress.


She had wrinkles in her skirt where she had sat.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.