jamb

noun
\ˈjam \

Definition of jamb 

1 : an upright piece or surface forming the side of an opening (as for a door, window, or fireplace)

2 : a projecting columnar part or mass

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Look at the condition of the door jamb … should it be replaced? Kenya Burrell-vanwormer, Houston Chronicle, "Keep safety in mind when buying a home," 29 Apr. 2018 At the time, the team reported that a volcanic cloud had launched a stone door jamb toward the man, decapitating him. New York Times, "He Died at Pompeii, but His Head Wasn’t Crushed by a Block," 29 June 2018 Look at the condition of the door jamb … should it be replaced? Kenya Burrell-vanwormer, Houston Chronicle, "Keep safety in mind when buying a home," 29 Apr. 2018 Look at the condition of the door jamb … should it be replaced? Kenya Burrell-vanwormer, Houston Chronicle, "Keep safety in mind when buying a home," 29 Apr. 2018 Look at the condition of the door jamb … should it be replaced? Kenya Burrell-vanwormer, Houston Chronicle, "Keep safety in mind when buying a home," 29 Apr. 2018 Look at the condition of the door jamb … should it be replaced? Kenya Burrell-vanwormer, Houston Chronicle, "Keep safety in mind when buying a home," 29 Apr. 2018 Look at the condition of the door jamb … should it be replaced? Kenya Burrell-vanwormer, Houston Chronicle, "Keep safety in mind when buying a home," 29 Apr. 2018 Then the detectives saw the marks on a light switch and on the door jamb of the office that had belonged to Chris. James Vlahos, GQ, "The Mystery of the Killer Vacation," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of jamb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jamb

Middle English jambe, borrowed from Anglo-French jambe, gaunbe "side post of a door or window," literally, "leg," going back to Late Latin gamba, camba "hock or upper leg of a horse," borrowed from Greek kampḗ "bend, flexion of a limb," probably going back to a European substratal base *kamp-, whence also perhaps Lithuanian kam̃pas "corner, hidden place," Latvian kampis "curved piece of wood, kettle hook," Gothic hamfs "maimed"

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More Definitions for jamb

jamb

noun

English Language Learners Definition of jamb

: a board that forms the side of a door or window

jamb

noun
\ˈjam \

Kids Definition of jamb

: a vertical piece forming the side of an opening (as for a doorway)

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