• WordNet 3.6
    • v groin build with groins "The ceiling was groined"
    • n groin a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away
    • n groin a curved edge formed by two intersecting vaults
    • n groin 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The G in 'g-string' stand for groin.
    • Groin A frame of woodwork across a beach to accumulate and retain shingle.
    • Groin (Anat) The line between the lower part of the abdomen and the thigh, or the region of this line; the inguen.
    • Groin (Arch) The projecting solid angle formed by the meeting of two vaults, growing more obtuse as it approaches the summit.
    • n Groin The snout of a swine.
    • Groin (Math) The surface formed by two such vaults.
    • v. t Groin (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."
    • v. i Groin To grunt to growl; to snarl; to murmur. "Bears that groined coatinually."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n groin In anatomy, the fold or hollow of the body on either side of the belly where the thigh joins the trunk; the oblique depression between the abdominal and the femoral region; the inguinal region or inguen, corresponding to the axilla or armpit.
    • n groin In architecture, the curved intersection or arris of simple vaults crossing each other at any angle.
    • n groin A wooden breakwater or frame of woodwork constructed across a beach between low and high water to retain sand or mud thrown up by the tide, and to form a protection from the force of the waves to the land lying behind it. Also spelled, archaically, groyne.
    • groin In architecture, to form into groins; construct in a system of groins.
    • groin To grunt, as a pig; growl.
    • groin To murmur; grumble; sound rumblingly.
    • n groin Grumbling; pouting; discontent.
    • n groin The snout of a swine; a snout; nose.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Groin groin the part of the body on either side of the belly where the thigh joins the trunk:
    • v.t Groin to form into groins, to build in groins
    • v.i Groin groin (obs.) to grunt, to growl.
    • n Groin groin (archit.) the angular curve formed by the crossing of two arches
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. grein, division, branch—greina, to divide; Sw. gren, branch, space between the legs; Scot. graine, grane, the branch of a tree or river.


In literature:

Over the main entrance is a vaulted dome, with a neat piece of groining in granite, also made by the convicts.
"Prisoners Their Own Warders" by J. F. A. McNair
When this inflammation terminates in suppuration the matter generally can be felt to fluctuate in the groin, or near the top of the thigh.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
IV shows spica bandage applied to groin.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)" by Various
The common seats of rupture are at the navel and in the groin.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
The roof has some very beautiful groining, much restored in 1862.
"Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch" by Sidney Heath
From the hand or foot toward the shoulder or groin.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Holding the flask in one hand, d'Ucello leaned forward, peering at Daoud's groin.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Furious the dogs still howl; on their fierce backs Her shorten'd groin, and swelling belly rest.
"The Metamorphoses of Publius Ovidus Naso in English blank verse Vols. I & II" by Ovid
The vaults beneath the galleries are cross-groined.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
The horn generally enters the stomach or groin, and a terrible wound it makes.
"The Harmsworth Magazine, v. 1, 1898-1899, No. 2" by Various

In poetry:

his head
is in Egypt, his feet
in Rome, his groin a desert
trench with its dead soldier.
"Egypt, Tobago" by Derek Walcott
Wild music oozes from
Arched ceilings, caked with white
Groined pearl; and floors like mythic shores
That sing to seas of light.
"Death In Life" by Madison Julius Cawein
Degged with dew, dappled with dew,
Are the groins of the braes that the brook treads through,
Wiry heathpacks, flitches of fern,
And the beadbonny ash that sits over the burn.
"Inversnaid" by Govinda Krishna Chettur
And within are colonnades;
Cool, dim aisles whose groin'd roof shades
From the noontide ray.
Silent courts and echoing halls
Where a fountain calls and calls
All the night and day.
"A Castle In Spain" by Cicely Fox Smith
He who lies where the minster's groined arches curve down
To the tomb-crowded transept of England's renown,
The glorious essayist, by genius enthroned,
Whose pen as a sceptre the Muses all owned,--
"The Quaker Alumni" by John Greenleaf Whittier
What with affirming, denying,
Holding, risposting, subjoining,
All's like… it's like… for an instance I'm trying…
There! See our roof, its gilt moulding and groining
Under those spider-webs lying!
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning

In news:

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is questionable for Sunday's game at Carolina with a groin injury that forced him to miss Friday's practice, according to the team's official injury report.
Hamburg 's Jiracek out until January with groin injury.
Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, still hampered by groin injury, doubtful to return against Hornets.
Johnathan Joseph's groin injury meant he was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday.
It is a diagnosis that often comes with athletes who have longstanding groin pain.
Milwaukee Bucks swingman Carlos Delfino has had successful surgery for a sports hernia related to his right groin injury.
About 80% are so-called inguinal hernias in the groin area.
Luckily he was coming down the ladder when he lost his footing and hit the ground so it wasn't that bad- just a pulled groin muscle.
Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, who has missed time with a strained groin, did some light shooting Sunday afternoon but his status for Wednesday's night regular season opener against the Sacramento Kings remains uncertain.
Nabokov out ' indefinitely ' with groin injury.
This is the latest in a series of injuries for Lee, who missed most of training camp and the exhibition season with a groin pull.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says it's very difficult for the league to judge whether Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh intended to kick Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin.
Goodell says it's very difficult for NFL to judge intent of Suh when he kicked Schaub's groin.
Ndamukong Suh's Thanksgiving kick to Matt Schaub's groin: Intentional .
Johnathan Joseph 's groin injury meant he was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday.