slam

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v slam strike violently "slam the ball"
    • v slam throw violently "He slammed the book on the table"
    • v slam close violently "He slammed the door shut"
    • v slam dance the slam dance
    • n slam an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect "his parting shot was `drop dead'","she threw shafts of sarcasm","she takes a dig at me every chance she gets"
    • n slam a forceful impact that makes a loud noise
    • n slam the noise made by the forceful impact of two objects
    • n slam winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Elmer Smith was the first player to hit a grand slam in a World Series
    • Slam The act of one who, or that which, slams.
    • Slam The refuse of alum works.
    • Slam The shock and noise produced in slamming. "The slam and the scowl were lost upon Sam."
    • v. i Slam To come or swing against something, or to shut, with sudden force so as to produce a shock and noise; as, a door or shutter slams .
    • Slam To defeat (opponents at cards) by winning all the tricks of a deal or a hand.
    • Slam To put in or on some place with force and loud noise; -- usually with down; as, to slam a trunk down on the pavement.
    • Slam To shut with force and a loud noise; to bang; as, he slammed the door.
    • Slam To strike down; to slaughter.
    • Slam To strike with some implement with force; hence, to beat or cuff.
    • Slam (Card Playing) Winning all the tricks of a deal (called, in bridge, grand slam, the winning of all but one of the thirteen tricks being called a little slam or small slam).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It was once against the law to slam your car door in a city in Switzerland.
    • slam To close with force and noise; shut with violence; bang.
    • slam To push violently or rudely; beat; cuff.
    • slam To throw violently and with a loud, sudden noise: as, to slam a book down upon the table.
    • slam In card-playing, to beat by winning all the tricks in a hand or game.
    • slam To move or close violently and with noise; strike violently and noisily against something.
    • n slam A violent and noisy collision or bang, as when a door is suddenly shut by the wind, or by a vehement push: as, the shutters were closed with a slam.
    • n slam The winning of all the tricks in a hand at whist, or in a game of euchre.
    • n slam The refuse of alumworks.
    • n slam An old game at cards.
    • n slam An ill-shaped, shambling fellow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t., v.i Slam slam to shut with violence and noise: to throw down with violence: to win all the tricks in a card-game
    • pr.p Slam slam′ming; pa.t. and pa.p. slammed
    • n Slam the act of slamming: the sound so made: the winning of all the tricks at whist, &c
    • n Slam slam an old card-game.
    • n Slam slam a shambling fellow.
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Quotations

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    “It's not a slam at you when people are rude -- it's a slam at the people they've met before.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    “Joy, temperance, and repose, slam the door on the doctor's nose.”
  • Mark Twain
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    “The banging and slamming and booming and crashing were something beyond belief. [On Lohengrin]”
  • Don Herold
    Don Herold
    “Don't ever slam a door, you might want to go back.”
  • Pamela Hansford Johnson
    Pamela Hansford Johnson
    “You slam a politician, you make out he's the devil, with horns and hoofs. But his wife loves him, and so did all his mistresses.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. slamra, slambra, slma, Norw. slemba, slemma, dial. Sw. slämma,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Dut. slomp, Ger. schlampe.

Usage

In literature:

The fleeing cowboy, slammed as if by a club, dashed on, but his right arm hung limp.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
Something of you may catch in the door when it slams, and go on aching forever.
"Clair de Lune" by Michael Strange
Neither had yet spoken when the heavy door creaked and was slammed, and they were suddenly in the dark.
"Stradella" by F(rancis) Marion Crawford
He slammed a Ford-Studebaker into a palm tree at ninety miles an hour.
"Unwise Child" by Gordon Randall Garrett
From the newcomers, the onlooker's attention was suddenly distracted by the slamming of a heavy door.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Greg slammed his fist into his palm angrily.
"Gold in the Sky" by Alan Edward Nourse
As she shut the door behind her Amanda gave it a defiant little slam.
"Billie Bradley at Three Towers Hall" by Janet D. Wheeler
The door was slammed, and away they went, leaving Forrest gazing after them in no pleasant frame of mind.
"A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike" by Charles King
Her sister slammed the door in my face.
"The Torch Bearer" by I. T. Thurston
Martin slammed down the hood of the car and stood upright.
"One Man's Initiation--1917" by John Dos Passos
He slammed the books on the table.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
She sprang to the danger door, slammed it shut and put her back against it.
"Nan Sherwood at Palm Beach" by Annie Roe Carr
When Pellams slammed in and flopped disconsolately into a chair, Mason looked up, knowing that there was trouble somewhere.
"Stanford Stories" by Charles K. Field
He slammed the receiver on to the hook and said a naughty word.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Miss Allen looked down the hall but saw nothing, for Jean had slammed the door just in time.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Then he slammed it back on its cradle and turned.
"The Monster" by S. M. Tenneshaw
The door slammed behind them, and they heard the "click-clock" of the steel lock shooting to its socket.
"The Book of All-Power" by Edgar Wallace
A door slammed, and then another door, and then all was silent.
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne
His effort to slam the door closed behind him was blocked by the swift leap of two of the men.
"The Cavern of the Shining Ones" by Hal K. Wells
Lady Kelsey started as she heard the street door slam.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
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In poetry:

The murmurs run with bees' wings
in a late summer sun.
They go and come with white surf
slamming on a beach all day.
"Mammy Hums" by Carl Sandburg
Doors bang; and mother-voices call
From alien homes; and rusty gates
Are slammed; and high above it all,
The thunder grim reverberates.
"A Sudden Shower" by James Whitcomb Riley
Tom mixed the beverage full and fa'r,
And slammed it, smoking, on the bar.
Some says three fingers, some says two,--
I'll leave the choice to you.
"The Mystery Of Gilgal" by John Hay
Last night when I in grief and sorrow left you,
And heard the rapid slam of your screen door;
I felt that I toward my doom was going,
And love and joy would be mine nevermore.
"Love Regained" by Frank Barbour Coffin
How he do rant and roar,
An' stump an' stamp about the vloor,
An' swing, an' slap, an' slam the door!
He don't put down a thing,
But he do dab, an' dash, an' ding
It down, till all the house do ring.
"Eclogue:--Racketèn Joe" by William Barnes
And I'd know why papa shut the door with a slam,
And said something funny that sounded like "jam,"
And then "Edith--where are you?" I said, "Here I am."
"Ah, that's right, dear, look out of the window!"
"What Miss Edith Saw From Her Window" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

As previously reported Alex Torres, who goes by the screen name Voodoo, claims to have had sex with Lindsay while her dad was asleep upstairs in the same house, but Michael slammed his story.
Mitt Romney's résumé at Bain should be a slam dunk.
There number 1 task is to keep your doors from slamming into the wall and leaving a nice hole from the door knob.
Double-decker bus slams into Illinois bridge.
The Grand Slam tournament runs for the next two weeks in New York.
AS AUCTIONS GO, it was a slam dunk.
Sam Slams Another Driller .
Two people were hurt in Bossier when an SUV slammed through the front of Steve's Cleaners in the 1800 block of Airline Drive.
LAS VEGAS — James White isn't trying to win the NBA Slam-Dunk contest as much as he's trying to win playing time as a Knicks swingman.
Several North Carolina players (and players who had highlight slams against the Tar Heels) are mentioned in his lists.
Hurricane Sandy slams New Jersey.
Why isn't Oregon a slam dunk for Obama.
Jon Stewart Slams Jerry Sandusky for Bob Costas Interview: 'You Can't Even Bring Yourself to Lie Emphatically ' (Video).
Woody Allen Son Slams Dad on Father's Day: 'Happy Brother-in-Law's Day'.
Nadal has won 11 Grand Slam singles titles.
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In science:

When the inner core reaches nuclear density, the stiffening of the nuclear equation of state (EOS) induces core bounce, launching a strong shock wave that slams into the still infalling outer core.
The Role of Collective Neutrino Flavor Oscillations in Core-Collapse Supernova Shock Revival
These are very typical for quasiparallel shocks. [126] and [125], identifying them in the AMPTE magnetic field measurements, coined the (somewhat ugly as in German it means mud) name SLAMS for them, which stands for ‘Short, Large Amplitude Magnetic Structures’.
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
This claim is also supported by the fact that deeper in the ion foreshock, where the electron distribution becomes more isotropic, these waves do not occur separate from smaller magnetic field structures (large-amplitude magnetic pulsations of the SLAMS type or shocklets).
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
The two-dimensional simulations do also confirm the conclusions that the diffuse upstream ion component is responsible for the growth of the pulsations (SLAMS).
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
The amplitude of the wave increases (3) , and the wave becomes a pulsation (SLAMS).
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
The numbers indicate three pulsations (SLAMS).
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
Large amplitude pulsations (SLAMS) behave like localised supercritical quasi-perpendicular shocks of which the quasi-paral lel shock is constructed.
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
We have seen that the evolution of the building blocks of a quasi-parallel shock, i.e. the large amplitude pulsations (SLAMS), is completely determined by the interaction of the ultra-low upstream wave spectrum with the diffuse ion component.
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
One type of those waves that is known from the observation and simulation of quasi-parallel shocks are the large amplitude pulsations (SLAMS).
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
During their interaction with the upstream ion population they evolve into ‘shocklets’ and large amplitude ‘pulsations’, so-called ‘SLAMS’, which have a particular structure consisting of upstream leading fronts and downstream trails.
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
For a slamming door or a fist striking a wall, it is the velocity v = ˙ξ that changes suddenly, by some amount ∆v .
Human Gravity-Gradient Noise in Interferometric Gravitational-Wave Detectors
The first two terms represent the traveled distance by the vehicle n assuming that in the next time-step it finds that the vehicle n + 1, in front of it, has slammed the brakes; forcing vehicle n to also hit the brakes.
Cellular automata for traffic flow simulation with safety embedded notions
The last two terms in the RHS of the expressions given in (1) to (3) are the traveled distance by vehicle n + 1 if at the current time-step it slams the brakes.
Cellular automata for traffic flow simulation with safety embedded notions
Thus, when according to its speed and the speed of the vehicle in front, the driver perceives an unsafe spacing, he/she will slam the brakes.
Cellular automata for traffic flow simulation with safety embedded notions
When conditions for this rule are met, driver is in an unsafe situation that could lead to a collision if the driver in front slam the brakes.
Cellular automata for traffic flow simulation with safety embedded notions
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