Definitions for JAMdʒæm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

jamdʒæm(v.; n.)jammed, jam•ming

  1. (v.t.)to press or squeeze into a confined space:

    to jam socks into a drawer.

  2. to bruise or crush by squeezing:

    to jam one's hand in a door.

  3. to fill tightly.

  4. to push or thrust violently on or against something:

    Jam your foot on the brake.

  5. to block up by crowding:

    Crowds jammed the doors.

  6. to put or place in position with a violent gesture (often fol. by on):

    He jammed on his hat.

  7. to make (something) unworkable by causing parts to become stuck, displaced, etc.:

    to jam a lock.

  8. to interfere with (radio signals or the like) by sending out other signals of approximately the same frequency. (of radio signals or the like) to interfere with (other signals).

    Category: Radio and Television

  9. (v.i.)to become stuck, wedged, blocked, etc.:

    This door jams easily.

  10. to press or push, often violently, as into a confined space:

    They jammed into the elevator.

  11. (of a machine, part, etc.) to become unworkable, as through the wedging or displacement of a part.

  12. to participate in a jam session.

    Category: Music and Dance

  13. (n.)the act of jamming or the state of being jammed.

  14. a mass of objects, vehicles, etc., crammed together in such a way as to severely impede movement:

    a traffic jam.

  15. Informal. a difficult or embarrassing situation; predicament; fix:

    Their lying got them into a jam.

    Category: Informal

Origin of jam:

1700–10; appar. of expressive orig.; cf. champ1, dam1


  1. a preserve of slightly crushed fruit boiled with sugar.

    Category: Cooking

Origin of jam:

1720–30; perh. identical with jam1




  1. Jamaica.

    Category: Geography (places)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. jam(noun)

    preserve of crushed fruit

  2. fix, hole, jam, mess, muddle, pickle, kettle of fish(noun)

    informal terms for a difficult situation

    "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage"

  3. crush, jam, press(noun)

    a dense crowd of people

  4. jamming, electronic jamming, jam(verb)

    deliberate radiation or reflection of electromagnetic energy for the purpose of disrupting enemy use of electronic devices or systems

  5. throng, mob, pack, pile, jam(verb)

    press tightly together or cram

    "The crowd packed the auditorium"

  6. jam(verb)

    push down forcibly

    "The driver jammed the brake pedal to the floor"

  7. jam, crush(verb)

    crush or bruise

    "jam a toe"

  8. jam, block(verb)

    interfere with or prevent the reception of signals

    "Jam the Voice of America"; "block the signals emitted by this station"

  9. jam(verb)

    get stuck and immobilized

    "the mechanism jammed"

  10. jam, jampack, ram, chock up, cram, wad(verb)

    crowd or pack to capacity

    "the theater was jampacked"

  11. obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, block, close up(verb)

    block passage through

    "obstruct the path"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. jam(noun)ʒæm

    a sweet food made from fruit and sugar, often spread on bread

    toast and jam

  2. jamʒæm

    when the flow of sth is stopped, because sth is stuck

    a paper jam in the printer; a traffic jam

  3. jamʒæm

    a situation that causes trouble

    friends who help you out when you are in a jam

  4. jam(verb)ʒæm

    to block or become blocked and unable to flow

    People were jamming the streets outside.; The printer is jammed again.

  5. jamʒæm

    to push sth into sth else forcefully

    He jammed his hands into his pockets.

  6. jamʒæm

    to block the transmission of a signal

    to jam a radio signal


  1. jam(Noun)

    A sweet mixture of fruit boiled with sugar and allowed to congeal. Often spread on bread or toast or used in jam tarts.

  2. jam(Noun)

    A difficult situation.

    Iu2019m in a jam right now. Can you help me out?

  3. jam(Noun)

    Blockage, congestion.

    A traffic jam caused us to miss the game's first period.

  4. jam(Noun)

    An informal, impromptu performance or rehearsal.

  5. jam(Noun)

    A difficult situation for a pitcher or defending team.

    He's in a jam now, having walked the bases loaded with the cleanup hitter coming to bat.

  6. jam(Noun)

    A forceful dunk.

  7. jam(Noun)

    (roller derby) A play during which points can be scored.

    Toughie scored four points in that jam.

  8. jam(Noun)

    Any of several rock-climbing maneuvers requiring wedging of an extremity into a tight space.

    I used a whole series of fist and foot jams in that crack.

  9. jam(Noun)


    He's got more jam than Waitrose.

  10. jam(Verb)

    To get something stuck in a confined space.

    My foot got jammed in a gap between the rocks.

  11. jam(Verb)

    To brusquely force something into a space; cram, squeeze.

  12. jam(Verb)

    To cause congestion or blockage. Often used with "up"

    A single accident can jam the roads for hours.

  13. jam(Verb)

    To block or confuse a broadcast signal.

  14. jam(Verb)

    To throw a pitch at or near the batter's hands.

    Jones was jammed by the pitch.

  15. jam(Verb)

    To play music (especially improvisation as a group.)

  16. jam(Verb)

    To injure a finger or toe by sudden compression of the digit's tip.

    When he tripped on the step he jammed his toe.

  17. jam(Verb)

    (roller derby) To attempt to score points.

    Toughie jammed four times in the second period.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jam(noun)

    a kind of frock for children

  2. Jam(noun)

    see Jamb

  3. Jam(verb)

    to press into a close or tight position; to crowd; to squeeze; to wedge in

  4. Jam(verb)

    to crush or bruise; as, to jam a finger in the crack of a door

  5. Jam(verb)

    to bring (a vessel) so close to the wind that half her upper sails are laid aback

  6. Jam(noun)

    a mass of people or objects crowded together; also, the pressure from a crowd; a crush; as, a jam in a street; a jam of logs in a river

  7. Jam(noun)

    an injury caused by jamming

  8. Jam(noun)

    a preserve of fruit boiled with sugar and water; as, raspberry jam; currant jam; grape jam

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. JAM

    A pantry composition in A minor.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'JAM' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3632

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'JAM' in Nouns Frequency: #2978

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