log·​jam | \ ˈlȯg-ˌjam How to pronounce logjam (audio) , ˈläg-\

Definition of logjam

1 : a jumble of logs jammed together in a watercourse
2a : deadlock, impasse trying to break the logjam in negotiations
b : blockage
c : jam, crowd

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logjam transitive verb

Synonyms for logjam


backup, bottleneck, jam, jam-up, snarl, tailback [British], tie-up

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Examples of logjam in a Sentence

He was called in to try to break the logjam in the negotiations. the presence of an ambulance on the side of the highway created a logjam of rubberneckers who just had to have a look

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Injuries slowed down his success following his rookie season, and the Sixers’ eventual logjam in the front court created tension. Sarah Todd, Philly.com, "How Sam Hinkie and Bryan Colangelo managed the Sixers' draft 'Process'," 18 June 2018 One of Illinois’s biggest problems: political logjams. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Near-Junk Illinois to Sell More Bonds—Will Investors Buy In?," 24 Apr. 2018 The Turing architecture overhauled how Nvidia GPUs handle certain tasks, splitting integer and floating point instructions into two separate pipelines that run simultaneously, rather than dropping both into a single pipeline and creating a logjam. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's mobile GeForce GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 Ti give affordable gaming laptops more firepower," 23 Apr. 2019 The Gulls looked to do so against the San Antonio Rampage on Tuesday night in the start of a three-game home stand at the Valley View Casino Center amid a five-team logjam for four Pacific Division playoff berths. Glae Thien, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Gulls return to the victory column at home," 13 Mar. 2018 Amy Klobuchar wants to devote more than $1 trillion to rebuild the nation’s aging network of roads, highways and bridges, in a proposal that aims to break the partisan logjam in Washington. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Sen. Amy Klobuchar Proposes National Infrastructure Plan," 28 Mar. 2019 Boeing has brought in mechanics from around the Puget Sound region, including its factories in Everett, Auburn and Frederickson, to help ease the logjam, said Connie Kelliher, a spokeswoman for the Machinists union. Eliza Haverstock, The Seattle Times, "Boeing’s monthly 737 deliveries tumble to lowest since 2012 on factory jam," 14 Aug. 2018 Watching Bill Murray is fun, watching Bill Murray struggle is really fun, and watching Bill Murray caught in a space-time logjam, wrestling with moral philosophy while pursuing Andie MacDowell is the most fun. . Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 As for the massive logjam that fills up the West’s 3-8 playoff slots, there is desperation all around. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors vs. contenders: the infirmed and the desperate," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of logjam

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of logjam

: a situation in which a large number of logs floating down a river become tangled with each other so that further movement is not possible
: a situation in which no progress seems possible

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