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jamb1

or jambe

[jam]
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noun
  1. Architecture, Building Trades.
    1. either of the vertical sides of a doorway, arch, window, or other opening.
    2. either of two stones, timbers, etc., forming the sidepieces for the frame of an opening.
  2. Armor. greave.
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Origin of jamb1

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

jamb2

[jam]
verb (used with or without object) Obsolete.
  1. jam1.
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Examples from the Web for jamb

Historical Examples

  • Takes the ax and pounds with it between the jamb and the lock.

    Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)

    Frank Wedekind

  • Fig. 22 is a part of the jamb molding of a church in Vicenza.

    Wood-Carving

    George Jack

  • 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.

  • It is used for making fast a rope so that the strain will not jamb hitches.


British Dictionary definitions for jamb

jamb

jambe

noun
  1. a vertical side member of a doorframe, window frame, or lining
  2. a vertical inside face of an opening in a wall
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French jambe leg, jamb, from Late Latin gamba hoof, hock, from Greek kampē joint
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Word Origin and History for jamb

n.

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).

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