What does jam mean?

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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"


  1. Jam(v. t.)

    To block or obstruct by packing too much (people or objects) into; as, shoppers jammed the aisles during the fire sale.

  2. Jam(v. t.)

    (Radio) To interfere with (a radio signal) by sending other signals of the same or nearby frequency; as, the Soviets jammed Radio Free Europe broadcasts for years during the cold war.

  3. Jam(v. t.)

    To cause to become nonfunctional by putting something in that blocks the movement of a part or parts; as, he jammed the drawer by putting in too many loose papers; he jammed the lock by trying to pick it.

  4. Jam(v. i.)

    To become stuck so as not to function; as, the copier jammed again.

  5. Jam(v. i.)

    (Music) To play an instrument in a jam session.

  6. Jam(v. i.)

    To crowd together; -- usually used with together or in; as, fifty people jammed into a conference room designed for twenty.


  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.

    I'm 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

  9. Origin: [Prob. fr. jam, v.; but cf. also Ar. jamad ice, jelly, jmid congealed, jamd congelation, ice.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Jam

    jam, n. a conserve of fruit boiled with sugar. [Ety. dub.; perh. from jam, to squeeze.]

  2. Jam

    jam, v.t. to press or squeeze tight:—pr.p. jam′ming; pa.p. jammed.—n. a crush, squeeze. [Cf. champ.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. JAM

    A pantry composition in A minor.

Editors Contribution

  1. jam

    A type of food and food product created and formulated in various food colors, flavors, fruit, ingredients, recipes and substances.

    There are a wide variety of jam sold in the supermarket e.g. Strawberry jam, blackcurrant jam etc.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on December 10, 2015  

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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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jam in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jam in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of jam in a Sentence

  1. Magdy Ali:

    We are in a jam right now.

  2. Lewis Carroll:

    The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday --but never jam today.

  3. Bernard Osero:

    If the jam continues, it will eventually begin to slow down our operations.

  4. Michael Fletcher:

    I had a branch to jam in the trap, and opened it just enough to get the talon out.

  5. Richard Leakey:

    We can't say to the Nairobi resident: 'You have to sit in a traffic jam for the rest of your life,'.

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