door·​jamb | \ ˈdȯr-ˌjam How to pronounce doorjamb (audio) \

Definition of doorjamb

: an upright piece forming the side of a door opening

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At that moment, the driver, identified by Tardy as Twyman, starts the engine and moves the vehicle backward, catching the deputy in the doorjamb, the video shows. Maya Lau,, "Video shows deputies firing 34 shots at car in killing of unarmed man, prompting questions," 20 June 2019 Cable management is also more convenient thanks to the use of the doorjamb space and that tiny gap in between the dashboard and the windshield. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Owl Car Cam review: A data-connected dash cam for car lovers," 19 Apr. 2018 The power of the impact is what may have propelled a giant stone block, which could be a doorjamb, onto the victim, crushing his thorax and pinning him beneath the ash for the next 2,000 years. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Skeleton of Man Crushed by Stone Block Uncovered in Pompeii," 31 May 2018 But there he was hit by the massive stone block -- perhaps a doorjamb -- possibly hurled at him by the force of the pyroclastic flow. CNN, "Archaeologists uncover remains of man crushed as he fled Pompeii," 29 May 2018 His Gordon Macleod is a drunken brute who slams his wife’s face into the doorjamb. New York Times, "He’s 19. She’s 48 and Married. When They Play Doubles Tennis, It’s a Match.," 26 Apr. 2018 Nucera then allegedly grabbed the suspect's head and slammed it into a metal doorjamb. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, "New Jersey Police Chief Frank Nucera Caught Saying Racist Things About Black Suspects," 2 Nov. 2017 After the male suspect had been subdued and handcuffed, Nucera reportedly knocked the 18-year-old’s head into a doorjamb as the man was being escorted out of the motel. Jenice Armstrong,, "Racist allegations against former Bordentown police chief put township under cloud | Jenice Armstrong," 1 Nov. 2017 The pressure should be at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended level, which is usually found in the car or truck’s doorjamb or in the owner’s manual. David Muller, Car and Driver, "How Long Should a New Set of Tires Last?," 4 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of doorjamb

1727, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of doorjamb

: an upright piece that forms the side of a door's frame

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