jamb

1

or jambe

[ jam ]
/ dʒæm /

noun

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.
Armor. greave.

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Origin of jamb

1
1350–1400; Middle English jambe<Middle French: leg, jamb <Late Latin gamba, variant of camba pastern, leg <Greek kampḗ bend of a limb

Definition for jamb (2 of 2)

jamb2
[ jam ]
/ dʒæm /

verb (used with or without object) Obsolete.

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Example sentences from the Web for jamb

  • "Jambe casse, beaucoup mal casse," explained the French scholar.

    Stella Fregelius|H. Rider Haggard
  • "A jambe gules erased," said Sir Nigel, shaking his head solemnly.

    The White Company|Arthur Conan Doyle

British Dictionary definitions for jamb

jamb

jambe

/ (dʒæm) /

noun

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

C14: from Old French jambe leg, jamb, from Late Latin gamba hoof, hock, from Greek kampē joint
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