\ ˈjam How to pronounce jamb (audio) \

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

Examples of jamb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eileen leaned on the jamb of the living-room door and said, Well, that was weird. Sally Rooney, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021 At the same time, evidence of the heated residential market has come to her front door, as real estate agents have begun stuffing cards in the jamb of her contemporary-style house urging her to sell. New York Times, 14 May 2021 According to multiple accounts, one prisoner held it to a cell door jamb and another slammed the door, breaking it into cooking sized chunks. Carol Rosenberg, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2020 One company showed off a portable door jamb, meant to stop an attacker from entering a room. Allie Morris, Dallas News, 7 Feb. 2020 Repeat to trim the remaining casings and side jambs. Joesph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 8 Dec. 2019 Then Nucera allegedly grabbed the teenager’s head and slammed it into the door jamb, although the teen had not been struggling, according to the complaint. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2019 Next, buy a second sash lock and install it 8 inches in from the opposite side jamb. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 13 Sep. 2019 Doors and jambs were tapered to accommodate imperfect angles. Joanna Bober, ELLE Decor, 5 July 2012 See More

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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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“Jamb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jamb. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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\ ˈjam How to pronounce jamb (audio) \

Kids Definition of jamb

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

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