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Groin definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. The depressed part of the human body between the belly and the thigh.
2. Among builders, the angular curve made by the intersection of two semi-cylinders or arches.
3. The snout or nose of a swine.
GROIN, v.i. To groan.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the crease at the junction of the inner part of the thigh with the trunk together with the adjacent region and often including the external genitals [syn: groin, inguen]
2: a curved edge formed by two intersecting vaults
3: a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away [syn: breakwater, groin, groyne, mole, bulwark, seawall, jetty] v
1: build with groins; "The ceiling was groined"

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: alteration of Middle English grynde, from Old English, abyss; akin to Old English grund ground Date: circa 1532 1. the fold or depression marking the juncture of the lower abdomen and the inner part of the thigh; also the region of this line 2. a. the projecting curved line along which two intersecting vaults meet b. a rib that covers this edge 3. a rigid structure built out from a shore to protect the shore from erosion, to trap sand, or to direct a current for scouring a channel II. transitive verb Date: circa 1816 to build or equip with groins

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. n. & v. --n. 1 the depression between the belly and the thigh. 2 Archit. a an edge formed by intersecting vaults. b an arch supporting a vault. --v.tr. Archit. build with groins. Etymology: ME grynde, perh. f. OE grynde depression 2. US var. of GROYNE.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Groin Groin, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Groined; p. pr. & vb. n. Groining.] (Arch.) To fashion into groins; to build with groins. The hand that rounded Peter's dome, And groined the aisles of Christian Rome, Wrought in a sad sincerity. --Emerson.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Groin Groin, n. [F. groin, fr. grogner to grunt, L. grunnire.] The snout of a swine. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Groin Groin, v. i. [F. grogner to grunt, grumble.] To grunt to growl; to snarl; to murmur. [Obs.] --Chaucer. Bears that groined coatinually. --Spenser.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Groin Groin, n. [Icel. grein distinction, division, branch; akin to Sw. gren, branch, space between the legs, Icel. greina to distinguish, divide, Sw. grena to branch, straddle. Cf. Grain a branch.] 1. (Anat.) The line between the lower part of the abdomen and the thigh, or the region of this line; the inguen. 2. (Arch.) The projecting solid angle formed by the meeting of two vaults, growing more obtuse as it approaches the summit. 3. (Math.) The surface formed by two such vaults. 4. A frame of woodwork across a beach to accumulate and retain shingle. [Eng.] --Weale.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(groins) Your groin is the front part of your body between your legs. N-COUNT

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