Definitions

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  • n. A (usually wooden) structure that projects from a coastline to prevent erosion, longshore drift etc.; a breakwater

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See groin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See groin, 3.
  • n. An obsolete form of groin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away

Etymologies

From Old French groign, from Late Latin grunium, grunia, from Medieval Latin grunnium ("snout"), from Latin grunnire ("grunt like a pig"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A wrong right: the zebra crossing in Dulwich A sign on Frington beach in Essex which should say 'groyne'

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  • Unfortunately, this also reduces sand replenishment on the downdrift side, necessitating the construction of another groyne.

    Beached

  • The officer, always thinly clad (both through the state of his wardrobe and his dread of effeminate comfort), settled his bony shoulders against the rough stonework, and his heels upon a groyne, and gave his subordinate a nod, which meant, “Make no fuss, but out with it.”

    Mary Anerley

  • The problem was that rather than offer shelter from the wind the groyne was faciltating a sandstorm around the whole area.

    Sand

  • In addition, concrete blocks were made, allowed to remain in moist sand for three months, and were then placed in the form of a groyne in the sea between high and low-water mark.

    The Sewerage of Sea Coast Towns

  • Ocean, and at Degerhamm on the Baltic, where the water is only one-seventh as salt as the North Sea, while the concrete blocks were built up in the form of a breakwater or groyne at Thyboron on the west coast of Jutland.

    The Sewerage of Sea Coast Towns

  • There, as if really unable to get up again, he remained crouching under the groyne, looking up in an attitude of painful anxiety.

    Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

  • The moment came when the pursuer was hovering about from left to right only a few yards beyond the groyne where the runner lay in hiding.

    Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

  • After two or three ineffectual castings hither and thither it came to a stop, stood upright, with arms raised high, and then darted straight forward towards the groyne.

    Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

  • Owing to the roughness of the sea, the steamer arrived late, after the sun had set, and it was a long time turning about before it reached the groyne.

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  • that wood be!?

    August 3, 2012

  • "The bricks curved up from the floor in groynes, making arches all along both sides of the corridors. Storage alcoves and cells. Above the groynes, though, ran sturdy beams made of eight-inch pine. Over that, thick planking—and above the planks, the layer of bricks that formed the floor of the warehouse."
    —Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autumn (NY: Dell, 1997), 997

    January 20, 2010

  • *waves wand with a flourish*

    January 17, 2009

  • ... really?

    *suspects a trick*

    January 17, 2009