[ lawg-jam, log- ]
/ ˈlɔgˌdʒæm, ˈlɒg- /


an immovable pileup or tangle of logs, as in a river, causing a blockage.
any blockage or massive accumulation: a logjam of bills before Congress.

Nearby words

  1. logion,
  2. logistic,
  3. logistic curve,
  4. logistician,
  5. logistics,
  6. loglog,
  7. lognormal,
  8. lognormality,
  9. lognormally,
  10. logo

Origin of logjam

First recorded in 1880–85; log1 + jam1

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Word Origin and History for logjam



also log-jam, "congestion of logs on a river," by 1851, American English; see log (n.1) + jam (v.). The figurative sense is by 1890.

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