- 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.
Origin of jamb1
verb (used with or without object) Obsolete.
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
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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
Word Origin 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).