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slam

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noun \ˈslam\

Definition of slam



Origin and Etymology of slam

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1660


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slam

noun

Definition of slam

  1. 1 :  a heavy blow or impact

  2. 2a :  a noisy violent closingb :  a banging noise; especially :  one made by the slam of a door

  3. 3 :  a cutting or violent criticism

  4. 4 :  slammer

  5. 5 :  a poetry competition performed before judges



Origin and Etymology of slam

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian slamre to bang, Swedish slamra to rattle


First Known Use: 1672


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slam

verb

Simple Definition of slam

  • : to close (something) in a forceful way that makes a loud noise

  • : to set or throw (something) in a forceful way that makes a loud noise

  • : to hit something with a lot of force

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of slam

slammed

slamming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strike or beat hard :  knock

  3. 2 :  to shut forcibly and noisily :  bang

  4. 3a :  to set or slap down violently or noisily <slammed down the phone>b :  to propel, thrust, or produce by or as if by striking hard <slam on the brakes> <slammed the car into a wall>

  5. 4 :  to criticize harshly

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to make a banging noise

  8. 2 :  to function (as in moving) with emphatic and usually noisy vigor <the hurricane slammed into the coast> <slammed out of the room>

  9. 3 :  to utter verbal abuse or harsh criticism

Examples of slam in a sentence

  1. He slammed the door in my face.

  2. She slammed the drawer shut.

  3. He stepped inside and let the door slam behind him.

  4. In her anger, she slammed the ball against the fence.

  5. The car slid on the ice and slammed into a tree.

  6. Her arm slammed against the table.



Circa 1691

First Known Use of slam

circa 1691



SLAM Defined for Kids

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slam

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verb \ˈslam\

Definition of slam for Students

slammed

slamming

  1. 1 :  to shut with noisy force :  bang <Don't slam the door.>

  2. 2 :  to strike or beat hard <My sled slammed into a tree.>

  3. 3 :  to put or place with force <He slammed down the money.>

  4. 4 :  to criticize harshly




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slam

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noun

Definition of slam for Students

  1. 1 :  a severe blow <The batter gave the ball a slam.>

  2. 2 :  the noise made by a violent act of closing :  bang <She closed the book with a slam.>





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