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or jambe

[jam] /dʒæm/
Architecture, Building Trades.
  1. either of the vertical sides of a doorway, arch, window, or other opening.
  2. either of two stones, timbers, etc., forming the sidepieces for the frame of an opening.
Armor. greave.
Origin of jamb1
1350-1400; Middle English jambe < Middle French: leg, jamb < Late Latin gamba, variant of camba pastern, leg < Greek kampḗ bend of a limb


[jam] /dʒæm/
verb (used with or without object), Obsolete.
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Examples from the Web for jamb
Historical Examples
  • The door was further secured by heavy pivoted bars extending from jamb to jamb.

    The Mayor's Wife Anna Katherine Green
  • But that jamb is merely the back of a small cupboard in the hall.

  • As he hastened down the passageway toward his office, the airlock sucked the door against its jamb with an ominous whistle.

  • jamb, not jam is the spelling of the side-piece of a door, window or fire-place.

  • A heavy gold bolt showed on the jamb of the door, and he touched it lightly with his finger tips.

    Shadows in Zamboula Robert E. Howard
  • Lafe could hear him clearly where he leaned against the jamb of the door.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo
  • The jamb of the door is the wooden frame that goes around it, to hold it in place.

    Uncle Wiggily in Wonderland Howard R. Garis
  • He leaned against the jamb for a moment, then went on to his bedroom.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
  • Morgan was in the door, his back against the jamb, leisurely smoking his pipe.

    The Bondboy George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  • Tom was standing in the doorway, deathly sick and clinging to the jamb for support.

    The Quickening Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for jamb


a vertical side member of a doorframe, window frame, or lining
a vertical inside face of an opening in a wall
Word Origin
C14: from Old French jambe leg, jamb, from Late Latin gamba hoof, hock, from Greek kampē joint
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Word Origin and History for jamb

side-piece of a door, window, etc., early 14c., from Old French jambe "pier, side post of a door," originally "a leg, shank" (12c.), from Late Latin gamba "leg, (horse's) hock" (see gambol).

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