• WordNet 3.6
    • n jamb upright consisting of a vertical side member of a door or window frame
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Jamb (Mining) Any thick mass of rock which prevents miners from following the lode or vein.
    • v. t Jamb See Jam v. t. & i.
    • Jamb (Arch) The vertical side of any opening, as a door or fireplace; hence, less properly, any narrow vertical surface of wall, as the of a chimney-breast or of a pier, as distinguished from its face.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n jamb A leg.
    • n jamb The side or cheek of a helmet or shield.
    • n jamb In architecture, a side or vertical piece of any opening or aperture in a wall, such as a door, window, or chimney, which helps to bear the lintel or other member overhead serving to sustain or discharge the superincumbent weight of the wall.
    • n jamb In mining, a mass of mineral or stone in a quarry or pit standing upright, and more or less distinct from neighboring or adjoining parts. Also spelled jam.
    • jamb An obsolete spelling of jam.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Jamb jam the sidepiece or post of a door, fireplace, &c.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prov. E. jaumb, jaum, F. jambe, a leg, jambe de force, a principal rafter. See Gambol
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. jambe, perh. Celt. cam, bent.


In literature:

Leaning forward into the recess, he thrust his head between the bar and jamb, so far out as to give him a view of the ground below.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
The last time I went to see them, no one answered my knock on the door-jamb.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
Amy craned her head around the door jamb to see.
"The Campfire Girls of Roselawn" by Margaret Penrose
We want it whur the shadder o' the jamb 'll hit it plumb at noon.
"The Young Surveyor;" by J. T. Trowbridge
In the reconstruction, new window sashes and a new door were installed, but the existing jambs were used wherever possible.
"The Fairfax County Courthouse" by Ross D. Netherton
It is used for making fast a rope so that the strain will not jamb hitches.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
He hurtled jarringly into the door jamb, the gun thumping against the floor.
"Raiders Invisible" by Desmond Winter Hall
They closed with a rebate in the jambs and against the raised threshold.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
He stood leaning against the jamb of the door, his hands in his pockets, with a very cross look on his handsome face.
"Great Uncle Hoot-Toot" by Mrs. Molesworth
A hollow mould runs down the two jambs and over the two arches, turning up as an ogee at the top.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson

In poetry:

I for these my legs forsook,
And my belly cram'd in;
Neck and heels they almost took,
And there my legs are jamb'd in.
"Long Breeches" by William Hutton
From the sunny door-jamb high,
Swings the shell of a butterfly.
Scrape of insect violins
Through the stubble shrilly dins.
"Late September" by Amy Lowell
Ah, now, the single figure to me,
Amid all teeming and wealthy Ohio, with all its cities and farms,
Sickly white in the face, and dull in the head, very faint,
By the jamb of a door leans.
"Come Up From The Fields, Father" by Walt Whitman

In news:

But the technology on newer alignment equipment allows the mechanic to simply scan the bar code on the door jamb of the vehicle to enter the vehicle data into the alignment machine.
If you were a lonely curious listener with a Match.com account and an appetite for multiple genres all at once, you would totally send a wink to Burndt Jamb.
Adn' Ckrystall Jambes De Jeans Jazz 'Mad Dark Entries.
Sell the Strikemaster II, a jamb repair system, as an add-on while at almost every service call.
Door Jamb Repair Made Easy.
The amazing Shawn didn't take much time at all to figure out the configuration which included door jamb, molding on two sides of the doorway , saddle between the doors, sheetrock – I could never have done this myself.
The Rond de Jambe exercise works your butt, hips, and legs.
Watch Rond de Jambe in the Fitness Magazine Video.
Parasite Drag begins with Joellen (Elizabeth Aspenlieder) looking out of the upstage center door, a gold cross prominently place centered over the jamb.
Custom Paint Job External Jambing.
Then, Vic sprayed the windshield jamb.
Pry Off The Jamb Liners.
In my case, the jamb also would need to be replaced .
Police said the door jamb and frame were damaged.

In science:

All doors were left opened in those years, and everyone passing through could freely join a discussion. I still remember Carlo on that occasion, elegant as usual in his blue suit, leaning casually against the door jamb, and listening with great attention.
Carlo Cercignani's Interests for the Foundations of Physics