jam vs jamb :

jam or jamb

The only common use for the word “jamb” is to label the vertical part of the frame of a door or window. It comes from the French word for “leg”; think of the two side pieces of the frame as legs on either side of the opening.For all other uses, it’s “jam”: stuck in a jam, traffic jam, logjam, jam session, etc.

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  • n  preserve of crushed fruit
  • n  informal terms for a difficult situation
  • n  a dense crowd of people
  • n  deliberate radiation or reflection of electromagnetic energy for the purpose of disrupting enemy use of electronic devices or systems
  • v  press tightly together or cram
  • v  push down forcibly
    The driver jammed the brake pedal to the floor
  • v  crush or bruise
    jam a toe
  • v  interfere with or prevent the reception of signals
  • v  get stuck and immobilized
    the mechanism jammed
  • v  crowd or pack to capacity
    the theater was jampacked
  • v  block passage through

  • n  upright consisting of a vertical side member of a door or window frame
News & Articles

  • Yachtstock River Jam returns to Essington this month
    Yachtstock River Jam will return to Tinicum Township this year, from 12-10 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 at West End Boat Club, 500 W. 2nd St. The Irish Rock Band Blackthorn will headline the event which will feature two stages and 16 bands jamming on the banks of the Delaware River.
    June 14, 2013 - Ridley Town Talk
  • 'Slow Jam the News' with Chris Christie on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'
    Slow Jam the Newswelcomed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on Wednesday.
    June 13, 2013 - Zap2It
  • Lehigh River jam to give MS a shot of the blues
    The eighth annual Lehigh River Blues Jam at Catasauqua Municipal Park features 10 performances over three nights, including Billy Hector, a Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award winner.        
    June 13, 2013 - The Morning Call

  • Pistons' Stuckey breaks thumb
    Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey is sidelined indefinitely after breaking his right thumb in an off-the-court accident. The digit was caught in the door jamb of Stuckey's car when the door closed, causing a distal phalanx fracture, the team announced. After an X-ray revealed the injury, the Pistons scheduled Stuckey for surgery on Friday. A timetable for his return is expected to be ...
    Oct. 11, 2013 - KSAT San Antonio
  • Rodney Stuckey Broke His Thumb on a Car Door
    The Detroit Pistons announced last night that guard Rodney Stuckey suffered a fractured right thumb after catching it in the door of his car. Yikes. Per the Detroit Free Press: “The team says he suffered the injury when his thumb was caught inside the door jamb of his vehicle Wednesday afternoon.
    Oct. 11, 2013 - Slam
  • Rodney Stuckey catches thumb in car door, needs surgery
    The Detroit Pistons announced Thursday that guard Rodney Stuckey has suffered a fracture of the distal phalanx on his right thumb. The injury occurred on Wednesday afternoon as a result of the thumb becoming caught inside the door jamb of Stuckey’s vehicle while the door was closing. Pistons medical staff confirmed the injury this morning [...]
    Oct. 11, 2013 - Inside Hoops