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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ And £1.5m-rated midfielder Gary Owers is still waiting to discover whether he needs surgery on a troublesome groin injury.
▪ Harris Barton, the 49ers' offensive right tackle, missed his second straight game because of a groin injury.
▪ Striker Don Goodman is Sunderland's main fitness doubt today, still bothered by a persistent groin injury.
▪ Fullback Derrick Fenner barely played at all because of a groin injury.
▪ However, the fabulous goal-kicker is now much more mobile than he was last year when a niggling groin injury affected him.
▪ But Barber pulled him, claiming Boucher had a groin injury.
▪ Centre Bill Harbinson went off early in the second half with a groin injury and could miss the rest of the season.
▪ Already Williams has been hobbled during the exhibition season by a groin injury and now the ankle.
▪ Argyle player-manager Shilton ruled himself out of the hiding-to-nothing trip with a groin strain.
▪ He was sidelined by a groin strain throughout much of training camp but was ready to play by opening night.
▪ Ally Mauchlen, substituted on Saturday with a groin strain, is also struggling to make it.
▪ First, there was the groin strain that put him on the disabled list from April 28-May 12.
▪ Paul Bodin's still receiving treatment for his groin strain.
▪ The 30-year-old Warwickshire captain was the selectors' choice after Lewis broke down with a groin strain.
▪ He has been advised that rest is the only remedy for a recurring groin strain.
▪ He could be joined by Steve Whitton, back after a groin strain.
▪ Already Williams has been hobbled during the exhibition season by a groin injury and now the ankle.
▪ Centre Bill Harbinson went off early in the second half with a groin injury and could miss the rest of the season.
▪ I kneed him in the groin.
▪ Quick-steps in and out of the groin.
▪ The tendons in my groin pained all the way to the knees in one direction and to the teeth in the other.
▪ The usual target areas are the groin, the kneecaps or the shins.
▪ Though this stance protects the groin, it leaves the front foot susceptible to a front sweep.
The Collaborative International 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.


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


Groin \Groin\, v. i. [F. grogner to grunt, grumble.] To grunt to growl; to snarl; to murmur. [Obs.]

Bears that groined coatinually.


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.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1590s, earlier grine (1530s), from Middle English grynde "groin" (c.1400), originally "depression in the ground," from Old English grynde "abyss," perhaps also "depression, hollow," from Proto-Germanic *grundus (see ground). Altered 16c. by influence of loin or obsolete groin "snout." The architectural groin "edge formed by the intersection of two vaults" is from 1725.


Etymology 1 n. The crease or depression of the human body at the junction of the trunk and the thigh, together with the surrounding region. vb. 1 To deliver a blow to the genitals. 2 (context architecture English) To build with groins. Etymology 2

vb. To grunt; to growl; to snarl; to murmur.

  1. n. 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: inguen]

  2. a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away [syn: breakwater, groyne, mole, bulwark, seawall, jetty]

  3. v. build with groins; "The ceiling was groined"

Groin (disambiguation)

For Groin see:

  • Groin (human body)
  • Gróin, a character of J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium
  • Groin attack (technique)
  • Groyne (sea wall or river training structure)
  • Groin vault, a type of vaulted chamber in medieval architecture

In human anatomy, the groin (the adjective is inguinal, as in inguinal canal) is the junctional area (also known as the inguinal region) between the abdomen and the thigh on either side of the pubic bone. This is also known as the medial compartment of the thigh that consists of the adductor muscles of the hip or the groin muscles. A pulled groin muscle usually refers to a painful injury sustained by straining the hip adductor muscles. These hip adductor muscles that make up the groin consist of the adductor brevis, adductor longus, adductor magnus, gracilis, and pectineus. These groin muscles adduct the thigh (bring the femur and knee closer to the midline). The groin is innervated by the obturator nerve, with two exceptions: the pectineus muscle is innervated by the femoral nerve, and the hamstring portion of adductor magnus is innervated by the tibial nerve.

In the groin, underneath the skin, there are three to five deep inguinal lymph nodes that play a role in the immune system. These can be swollen due to certain diseases, the most common one being a simple infection, and, less likely, from cancer. A chain of superficial inguinal lymph nodes drain to the deep nodes.

In a venography procedure, the groin is the preferred site for incisions to enter a catheter into the vascular system.

The inguinal ligament runs from the pubic tubercle to the anterior superior iliac spine and its anatomy is very important for hernia operations.

'Groin' is sometimes used as a euphemism for the reproductive organs.

Usage examples of "groin".

It was not until adult life that from an abscess of the groin was expelled what remained of the spelling-book that had been driven into the abdomen during boyhood.

He also mentions the instance of congenital atresia of the vagina with hernia of both ovaries into the left groin in a servant of twenty, and the case of an imperforate vagina in a girl of nineteen with an undeveloped uterus.

High fever, swollen tongue, intoxication of the nervous system, buboes under the arms and in the groin.

His groin tightened painfully at the thought, and he angrily tempered the burgeoning lust.

With a kick to the groin and a whack across his back after he doubled over, she dropped the Daimon and ran.

The soft swell of girlish breasts, between which nestled the exotic jade brooch, moved him so that he felt his groin swell and engorge pleasantly.

Mennonite preachers, he, here named never to be named again, inspects the dike tops, the enrockment and the groins, and drives off the pigs, because according to the Rural Police Regulations of November 1848, Clause 8, all animals, furred and feathered, are forbidden to graze and burrow on the dike.

She was slashed open from throat to groin and eviscerated, her skin was flayed off and her limbs were missing.

One long table extended itself down the ample hall of Ellieslaw Castle, which was still left much in the state in which it had been one hundred years before, stretching, that is, in gloomy length, along the whole side of the castle, vaulted with ribbed arches of freestone, the groins of which sprung from projecting figures, that, carved into all the wild forms which the fantastic imagination of a Gothic architect could devise, grinned, frowned, and gnashed their tusks at the assembly below.

His was built to cycle in, with extra gussets in the groin, and wider in the upper leg, but when I pedaled, my inner thighs rubbed against the suit, with my underwear not much protection.

A sword ran into the armour gap at his groin and he doubled over, then a mace crushed his helmet and he was left, twitching, as the Earl and his men climbed over his body and hacked at the next horse and man.

Vexille wore a short mail haubergeon over the jerkin that provided extra protection for his chest, belly and groin, and that too needed greasing.

He who slew him was the surgeon Feuchter at Cremsir, who applied thirtysix mercurial plasters on a gland in his left groin which was swollen but not by the pox, as I am sure by the description he gave me of the cause of the swelling.

Feet parallel and pointed straight ahead, right foot in front of the left foot, katana held down at groin level like an extension of the phallus.

We found minor swellings in the joints and the groin area, and at first I thought they could have been symptoms of lymphogranuloma venereum, or some other kind of pyogenic infection.