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

Definition of doorjamb

: an upright piece forming the side of a door opening

Examples of doorjamb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Slide the latch back away from the doorjamb to unlock the door. Kevin Dupzyk And Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 18 Nov. 2020 To my robovac, hitting a doorjamb and cleaning with dispatch are one and the same. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 20 Oct. 2020 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,, 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, 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, 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, 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, 15 June 2017

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First Known Use of doorjamb

1727, in the meaning defined above

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“Doorjamb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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