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

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  • groin — groin …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • 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 — 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… …   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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