2. (Mil.) A ring of rope used as a wad to hold a cannon ball in place.
(Grom"well) n. [Called also gromel, grommel, graymill, and gray millet, all prob. fr. F. gr?mil,
cf. W. cromandi.] (Bot.) A plant of the genus Lithospermum anciently used, because of its stony
pericarp, in the cure of gravel. The German gromwell is the Stellera. [Written also gromill.]
(Grond) obs. imp. of Grind. Chaucer.
(Gron"te) obs. imp. of Groan. Chaucer.
(Groom) n. [Cf. Scot. grome, groyme, grume, gome, guym, man, lover, OD. grom boy,
youth; perh. the r is an insertion as in E. bridegroom, and the word is the same as AS. guma man.
1. A boy or young man; a waiter; a servant; especially, a man or boy who has charge of horses, or the
2. One of several officers of the English royal household, chiefly in the lord chamberlain's department; as,
the groom of the chamber; the groom of the stole.
3. A man recently married, or about to be married; a bridegroom. Dryden.
Groom porter, formerly an officer in the English royal household, who attended to the furnishing of the
king's lodgings and had certain privileges.
(Groom), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Groomed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Grooming.] To tend or care for, or
to curry or clean, as a, horse.
(Groom"er) n. One who, or that which, grooms horses; especially, a brush rotated by a flexible
or jointed revolving shaft, for cleaning horses.
(Grooms"man) n.; pl. Groomsmen A male attendant of a bridegroom at his wedding;
the correlative of bridesmaid.
(Groop"er) n. (Zoöl.) See Grouper.
(Groove) n. [D. groef, groeve; akin to E. grove. See Grove.]
1. A furrow, channel, or long hollow, such as may be formed by cutting, molding, grinding, the wearing
force of flowing water, or constant travel; a depressed way; a worn path; a rut.
2. Hence: The habitual course of life, work, or affairs; fixed routine.
The gregarious trifling of life in the social groove.J. Morley.
3. [See Grove.] (Mining) A shaft or excavation. [Prov. Eng.]
(Groove), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Grooved ; p. pr. & vb. n. Groving.] To cut a groove or channel
in; to form into channels or grooves; to furrow.
1. One who or that which grooves.
2. A miner. [Prov. Eng.] Holloway.
(Groov"ing) n. The act of forming a groove or grooves; a groove, or collection of grooves.