Definition of Groin

1. Noun. 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.

Exact synonyms: Inguen
Generic synonyms: Area, Region
Group relationships: Loins
Derivative terms: Inguinal

2. Verb. Build with groins. "The ceiling was groined"
Category relationships: Building, Construction
Generic synonyms: Build, Construct, Make

3. Noun. A curved edge formed by two intersecting vaults.
Generic synonyms: Edge

4. Noun. A protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away.
Exact synonyms: Breakwater, Bulwark, Groyne, Jetty, Mole, Seawall
Generic synonyms: Barrier
Derivative terms: Bulwark

Definition of Groin

1. n. The snout of a swine.

2. v. i. To grunt to growl; to snarl; to murmur.

3. n. The line between the lower part of the abdomen and the thigh, or the region of this line; the inguen.

4. v. t. To fashion into groins; to build with groins.

Definition of Groin

1. Noun. The long narrow depression of the human body that separates the trunk from the legs. ¹

2. Noun. (architecture) The projecting solid angle formed by the meeting of two vaults ¹

3. Noun. (anatomy) The genitals ¹

4. Noun. (geometry) The surface formed by two such vaults. ¹

5. Noun. A structure projecting from a beach to change the pattern of erosion. ¹

6. Verb. (architecture) To build with groins. ¹

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Definition of Groin

1. to build with intersecting arches [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Groin

1. The area where the thigh meets the hip. (12 May 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Groin

groin attack
groin ulcer
groined vault

Literary usage of Groin

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Lombard Architecture by Arthur Kingsley Porter (1917)
"1) the builders seem to have gone far out of their way to avoid a groin vault, erecting a cumbersome lintel construction instead. ..."

2. Pye's Surgical Handicraft: A Manual of Surgical Manipulations, Minor Surgery by Walter Pye (1893)
"The pattern is the same, whether the bandage be applied to the shoulder, groin, thumb, or great toe, and is that of a figure of 8, combined with a firm ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1882)
"The trusses, which press upon the veins in the groin, would evidently aggravate the ... Morgan's bandage, which straps the testicle up into the groin, ..."

4. Practical Bandaging, Including Adhesive and Plaster-of-paris Dressings by Eldridge Lyon Eliason (1914)
"Double Spica of the groin (Figs. 39 and 40) (Bandage 8 Yards x 3 Inches). ... Direct the bandage from the outer aspect of the thigh, across the groin, ..."

5. The London Medical Gazette (1834)
"The sixth is, where the face has offered itself anteriorly, has passed down diagonally, looking to one or other groin, and has eventually been thrown behind ..."

6. Parts of the Body in the Later Germanic Dialects by William Denny Baskett (1920)
"groin The groin is described (A) as a bend; (B) as a fork; ... NE. grain tine, prong; fork of a tree or stick; the groin, Swed. gren branch; stride; fork. ..."

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