Groin
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. [1913 Webster]

2. (Arch.) The projecting solid angle formed by the meeting of two vaults, growing more obtuse as it approaches the summit. [1913 Webster]

3. (Math.) The surface formed by two such vaults. [1913 Webster]

4. A frame of woodwork across a beach to accumulate and retain shingle. [Eng.] --Weale. [1913 Webster]


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  • groin — [ grwɛ̃ ] n. m. • gruing 1190; lat. pop. °grunnium, de grunnire → grogner ♦ Museau (du porc, du sanglier), et par ext. Museau tronqué et propre à fouir. Les porcs « enfonçaient en terre leur groin » (Flaubert). Extrémité du groin. ⇒ boutoir. ♢… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • groin — 1590s, earlier grine (1530s), from M.E. grynde groin (c.1400), originally depression in the ground, from O.E. grynde abyss, perhaps also depression, hollow, from P.Gmc. *grundus (see GROUND (Cf. ground)). Altered 16c. by influence of loin or… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Groin — Groin, n. [F. groin, fr. grogner to grunt, L. grunnire.] The snout of a swine. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gróin —  / Groin    A descendant of the royal line of Durin s Folk.    An important figure in the royal genealogies of the Dwarves, Gróin was the grandson of Borin, the younger son of King Náin II, and so could claim direct descent from Durin the… …   J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth glossary

  • groin — groin, groyne The groin is the part of the body between the belly and thigh; a groyne (AmE groin) is a low wall or timber framework built out from a sea shore to prevent beach erosion …   Modern English usage

  • groin — GROIN. s. m. Museau de cochon. Les cochons foüillent avec leur groin. un groin de cochon …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Groin — Groin, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Groined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Groining}.] (Arch.) To fashion into groins; to build with groins. [1913 Webster] The hand that rounded Peter s dome, And groined the aisles of Christian Rome, Wrought in a sad sincerity.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Groin — Groin, v. i. [F. grogner to grunt, grumble.] To grunt to growl; to snarl; to murmur. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Bears that groined coatinually. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • groin — [grɔın] n [Date: (14 19 centuries); : Old English; Origin: grynde valley ; influenced by groin animal s nose ] 1.) the place where the tops of your legs meet the front of your body 2.) a ↑groyne …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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