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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Recent Examples on the Web The doors now have additional sensors that bleep and blink when a person places a hand or pinky finger into the doorjamb, preventing the door from closing. Rachel Swan,, "Bucket seats, new door sensors: Muni unveils redesigned fleet," 10 Dec. 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 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 To get the right amount, turn not to the tire itself but to your vehicle and a label often located in its doorjamb. David Muller, Car and Driver, "Tread Rightly: Why Tire Pressure Matters," 15 June 2017

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1727, in the meaning defined above

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“Doorjamb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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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