jambs

jamb

1 [jam]
noun
1.
Architecture, Building Trades.
a.
either of the vertical sides of a doorway, arch, window, or other opening.
b.
either of two stones, timbers, etc., forming the sidepieces for the frame of an opening.
2.
Armor. greave.
Also, jambe.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English jambe < Middle French: leg, jamb < Late Latin gamba, variant of camba pastern, leg < Greek kampḗ bend of a limb

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jamb

2 [jam]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object) Obsolete.
jam1.
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jamb or jambe (dʒæm)
 
n
1.  a vertical side member of a doorframe, window frame, or lining
2.  a vertical inside face of an opening in a wall
 
[C14: from Old French jambe leg, jamb, from Late Latin gamba hoof, hock, from Greek kampē joint]
 
jambe or jambe
 
n
 
[C14: from Old French jambe leg, jamb, from Late Latin gamba hoof, hock, from Greek kampē joint]

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jamb
1334, from O.Fr. jambe "pier, side post of a door," originally "a leg, shank," from L.L. gamba "leg, (horse's) hock" (see gambol).
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