Skip to main content

groove

groove / groōv/ • n. 1. a long, narrow cut or depression, esp. one made to guide motion or receive a corresponding ridge. ∎  a spiral track cut in a phonograph record, into which the stylus fits. ∎  Climbing an indentation where two planes of rock meet at an angle of more than 120°. 2. an established routine or habit: his thoughts were slipping into a familiar groove. 3. inf. a rhythmic pattern in popular or jazz music: the groove laid down by the drummer and bassist is tough and funky. • v. 1. [tr.] make a groove or grooves in: deep lines grooved her face. 2. [intr.] inf. dance or listen to popular or jazz music, esp. that with an insistent rhythm: they were grooving to Motown. ∎ dated play such music in an accomplished and stylish manner: the rhythm section grooves in the true Basie manner. ∎  enjoy oneself: Harley relaxed and began to groove. 3. [tr.] inf. Baseball pitch (a ball) in the center of the strike zone. ∎  (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. PHRASES: in (or into) the groove inf. performing consistently well or confidently: it might take me a couple of races to get back into the groove. ∎  indulging in relaxed and spontaneous enjoyment, esp. dancing: get into the groove!

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"groove." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Encyclopedia.com. 18 Sep. 2018 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"groove." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Encyclopedia.com. (September 18, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/groove-0

"groove." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Retrieved September 18, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/groove-0

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.