noun (used with a plural verb)
Origin of jams
verb (used with object), jammed, jam·ming.
- to interfere with (radio signals or the like) by sending out other signals of approximately the same frequency.
- (of radio signals or the like) to interfere with (other signals).
verb (used without object), jammed, jam·ming.
Origin of jam1
Origin of jam2
Related Words for jamsbox, predicament, plight, dilemma, bind, fix, strait, spot, quandary, scrape, difficulty, trouble, corner, hole, pickle, problem, obstruct, wedge, clog, force
Examples from the Web for jams
Contemporary Examples of jams
Besides the weekly rehearsals at the Elks Lodge, Azinger jams with men and women at the local retirement home.Everybody’s Welcome at the Pittsburgh Banjo Club
April 23, 2014
The rock-clad town is now famous for meat products like chorizo, along with olive oil, almonds, and jams.The Spanish Fraggle Rock: Setenil de las Bodegas Is an Andalucian Town Built Under a Rock
January 2, 2014
It jams a website with thousands of requests, effectively overloading the server so that it is inaccessible to the public.Who Is Behind Cyberattacks on Israel’s Airline and Banks?
January 18, 2012
Jersey Turnpike (v.)—to perform a dance move in which one jams his/her rear end against a man's crotch and then bends over.The Real Jersey Dictionary, Vol. 3
March 24, 2011
Historical Examples of jams
After a search, some one would exclaim, "Here is the piece that jams her!"Stray Leaves from an Arctic Journal;
If I get nearer to the wall she jams me up till I am as thin as a thread-paper.Mr. Midshipman Easy
Captain Frederick Marryat
Accordingly, a knot is no knot at all if it jams or if it slips.Love Me Little, Love Me Long
The preparation of jams and jellies is based upon that fact.
This is made like all other jams, only the pine apple is grated.The National Cook Book, 9th ed.
Hannah Mary Peterson
verb jams, jamming or jammed
Word Origin for jam
Word Origin for jam
1966, abstracted from pajamas (q.v.).
"to press tightly," also "to become wedged," 1706, of unknown origin, perhaps a variant of champ (v.). Of a malfunction in the moving parts of machinery, by 1851. Sense of "cause interference in radio signals" is from 1914. Related: Jammed; jamming. The adverb is recorded from 1825, from the verb.
"fruit preserve," 1730s, probably a special use of jam (v.) with a sense of "crush fruit into a preserve."
"a tight pressing between two surfaces," 1806, from jam (v.). Jazz meaning "short, free improvised passage performed by the whole band" dates from 1929, and yielded jam session (1933); but this is perhaps from jam (n.1) in sense of "something sweet, something excellent." Sense of "machine blockage" is from 1890, which probably led to the colloquial meaning "predicament, tight spot," first recorded 1914.
see under get in a bind.