from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of a pair of vertical posts or pieces that together form the sides of a door, window frame, or fireplace, for example.
- n. A projecting mass or columnar part.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The vertical components that form the sides of a door frame, window frame, or fireplace, or other opening in a wall.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The vertical side of any opening, as a door or fireplace; hence, less properly, any narrow vertical surface of wall, as the of a chimney-breast or of a pier, as distinguished from its face.
- n. Any thick mass of rock which prevents miners from following the lode or vein.
- n. See jambes.
- transitive v. See jam, v. t. & i.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An obsolete spelling of jam.
- n. A leg.
- n. The side or cheek of a helmet or shield.
- n. In architecture, a side or vertical piece of any opening or aperture in a wall, such as a door, window, or chimney, which helps to bear the lintel or other member overhead serving to sustain or discharge the superincumbent weight of the wall.
- n. In mining, a mass of mineral or stone in a quarry or pit standing upright, and more or less distinct from neighboring or adjoining parts. Also spelled jam.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. upright consisting of a vertical side member of a door or window frame
Kennedy adds that the "jamb" in the French was so thick that the men could not bring down their arms or level a musket, and the Dragoons rode in the intervals between their formation, reaching forward with the stroke of their long swords, and slaying at will.
The "jamb" is the upright or side member; the "lintel" is the cross member of the doorway.
a continuous stream of useless signals which "jamb" the intelligence of their opponents.
She was in the doorway of his bedroom, embracing the wooden jamb, hiding her breasts from view.
Cheater slipped the long blade of his knife through the space between the door and jamb and forced the wooden handle up and then pushed the door wide.
He kept kicking on the door and I saw the jamb splitting.
I stepped back two paces, then thrust my foot forward and kicked at the door jamb.
One hand froze to the knob; the other rested against the door jamb.
My favorite part is when said cat or dog bangs the collar against a door jamb.
When he shuts the door behind her, he leans against it and kicks the jamb as hard as he can, again and again, until the blood shows through his socks.