- Architecture, Building Trades.
- either of the vertical sides of a doorway, arch, window, or other opening.
- either of two stones, timbers, etc., forming the sidepieces for the frame of an opening.
- Armor. greave.
Origin of jamb1
Examples from the Web for jamb
Historical Examples of jamb
Takes the ax and pounds with it between the jamb and the lock.Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)
Fig. 22 is a part of the jamb molding of a church in Vicenza.Wood-Carving
With a hollow sound the door fell inward, taking with it the jamb.It Could Be Anything
John Keith Laumer
All the rear rows break into a trot and jamb up to the front in turn.For Fortune and Glory
It is used for making fast a rope so that the strain will not jamb hitches.How Girls Can Help Their Country
- a vertical side member of a doorframe, window frame, or lining
- a vertical inside face of an opening in a wall
Word Origin for jamb
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).