from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A cylindrical glass or earthenware vessel with a wide mouth and usually no handles.
  • n. The amount that a jar can hold.
  • n. Chiefly British A glass of beer.
  • transitive v. To put into a jar.
  • intransitive v. To make or utter a harsh sound.
  • intransitive v. To be disturbing or irritating; grate: The incessant talking jarred on my nerves.
  • intransitive v. To shake or shiver from impact.
  • intransitive v. To clash or conflict: "We ourselves . . . often jar with the landscape” ( Isak Dinesen).
  • transitive v. To bump or cause to move or shake from impact.
  • transitive v. To startle or unsettle; shock.
  • n. A jolt; a shock. See Synonyms at collision.
  • n. Harsh or grating sound; discord.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small, approximately cylindrical container for food, normally made of glass or clay.
  • n. Java archive
  • n. JAR: Tool to create compressed file archives.
  • v. To knock or strike sharply.
  • v. to shock or surprise.
  • v. To be so different that it looks strange and doesn't fit in with the surroundings; to be incongruent.
  • n. A shake.
  • n. A sense of alarm or dismay.
  • n. Discord, contention; quarrelling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A turn.
  • n. A deep, broad-mouthed vessel of earthenware or glass, for holding fruit, preserves, etc., or for ornamental purposes
  • n. The measure of what is contained in a jar
  • n. A rattling, tremulous vibration or shock; a shake; a harsh sound; a discord
  • n. Clash of interest or opinions; collision; discord; debate; slight disagreement.
  • n. A regular vibration, as of a pendulum.
  • n. In deep well boring, a device resembling two long chain links, for connecting a percussion drill to the rod or rope which works it, so that the drill is driven down by impact and is jerked loose when jammed.
  • intransitive v. To give forth a rudely quivering or tremulous sound; to sound harshly or discordantly.
  • intransitive v. To act in opposition or disagreement; to clash; to interfere; to quarrel; to dispute.
  • transitive v. To cause a short, tremulous motion of, to cause to tremble, as by a sudden shock or blow; to shake; to shock
  • transitive v. To tick; to beat; to mark or tell off.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To produce a brief rattling or tremulous sound; be discordant in sound.
  • To grate on the ear or the feelings; have a jangling or discordant quality; clash.
  • To receive a short, rattling, tremulous motion, as from an impulse; shake joltingly.
  • To sound or tick in vibrating, as a pendulum; hence, to be marked off by regular vibrations or ticks.
  • To speak or talk clatteringly or discordantly; haggle; dispute; quarrel.
  • To make discordant.
  • To impart a short, tremulous motion to; cause to shake or tremble; disturb.
  • To make rough; roughen.
  • To drill by impact or percussion; use an impact drill or drill-jar upon.
  • To shock or surprise (one) with some sudden or extraordinary remark, statement, or fact.
  • n. A rattling sound; a harsh sound; a discord.
  • n. A clashing of interest or opinions; collision; discord; debate; conflict: as, family jars.
  • n. A short tremulous motion or vibration, as from an impulse; a sudden shaking or quiver: as, to feel the jar of an earthquake, or from blasting.
  • n. A clicking or ticking vibration, as of a pendulum; a tick.
  • n. plural A sliding joint in the boring-rods used in rope-drilling.
  • n. A turn: used separately only in the occasional colloquial phrases on a jar, on the jar, usually ajar, on the turn; turned a little way, as a door or gate.
  • n. An earthen or glass vessel of simple form, without handle or spout.
  • n. The quantity contained in a jar; the contents of a jar.
  • n. A tool, used in drilling wells in rock, consisting of two long and flat links capable of sliding the one within the other, in order that the drill-bit may be loosened on the up stroke in case it has become jammed in the lock.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. shock physically
  • v. affect in a disagreeable way
  • n. the quantity contained in a jar
  • n. a vessel (usually cylindrical) with a wide mouth and without handles
  • v. place in a cylindrical vessel
  • v. be incompatible; be or come into conflict
  • n. a sudden jarring impact
  • v. move or cause to move with a sudden jerky motion


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English jarre, a liquid measure, from Old French (from Provençal jarra) and from Medieval Latin jarra, both from Arabic jarra, earthen jar, from jarra, to draw, pull; see grr in Semitic roots.
Perhaps of imitative origin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French jarre, from Arabic جره (jarrah, "earthern receptacle").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Unknown; perhaps imitative.


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