ice jam

  1. an obstruction of broken river ice in a narrow part of a channel.

  2. a mass of lake or sea ice broken and piled up against the shore by wind pressure.

Origin of ice jam

First recorded in 1840–50

Words Nearby ice jam Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ice jam in a sentence

  • Toward the end of the day they were stopped by a small ice-jam which moved forward slowly only to stop them again.

  • Just beyond this, a higher and stronger palisade protected the riverbank from the winter ice jam.

    On the Edge of the Arctic | Harry Lincoln Sayler
  • Midsummer's Day and the two following days we were stuck in a heavy ice-jam one hundred miles south of St. Anthony.

    A Labrador Doctor | Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • The great ice jam had parted from Rolfe's Island and was swinging out into the open, pushing everything before it.

    Homespun Tales | Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • She didn't catch the wind o' that, lad, till we were navigating our raft downstream agen the ice-jam.

    Heralds of Empire | Agnes C. Laut