Definition and Meanings for jam
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Part of Speech of jam
noun, transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb
Etymology of jam
Meaning of jam
- a kind of frock for children.
- see jamb.
as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun
- to press into a close or tight position; to crowd; to squeeze; to wedge in; to cram; as, rock fans jammed the theater for the concert.
- to crush or bruise; as, to jam a finger in the crack of a door.
- to bring (a vessel) so close to the wind that half her upper sails are laid aback.
- to block or obstruct by packing too much (people or objects) into; as, shoppers jammed the aisles during the fire sale.
- 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.
- 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.
as intransitive verb
- to become stuck so as not to function; as, the copier jammed again.
- to play an instrument in a jam session.
- to crowd together; -- usually used with together or in; as, fifty people jammed into a conference room designed for twenty.
- 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.
- an injury caused by jamming.
- a difficult situation; as, he got himself into a jam.
- a preserve of fruit boiled with sugar and water; also called jelly; as, raspberry jam; currant jam; grape jam.