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Meaning & Definition of Jam in English

English

Jam

/ʤæm/

noun

1. Preserve of crushed fruit

    synonym:
  • jam

2. Informal terms for a difficult situation

  • "He got into a terrible fix"
  • "He made a muddle of his marriage"
    synonym:
  • fix
  • ,
  • hole
  • ,
  • jam
  • ,
  • mess
  • ,
  • muddle
  • ,
  • pickle
  • ,
  • kettle of fish

3. A dense crowd of people

    synonym:
  • crush
  • ,
  • jam
  • ,
  • press

4. Deliberate radiation or reflection of electromagnetic energy for the purpose of disrupting enemy use of electronic devices or systems

    synonym:
  • jamming
  • ,
  • electronic jamming
  • ,
  • jam

verb

1. Press tightly together or cram

  • "The crowd packed the auditorium"
    synonym:
  • throng
  • ,
  • mob
  • ,
  • pack
  • ,
  • pile
  • ,
  • jam

2. Push down forcibly

  • "The driver jammed the brake pedal to the floor"
    synonym:
  • jam

3. Crush or bruise

  • "Jam a toe"
    synonym:
  • jam
  • ,
  • crush

4. Interfere with or prevent the reception of signals

  • "Jam the voice of america"
  • "Block the signals emitted by this station"
    synonym:
  • jam
  • ,
  • block

5. Get stuck and immobilized

  • "The mechanism jammed"
    synonym:
  • jam

6. Crowd or pack to capacity

  • "The theater was jampacked"
    synonym:
  • jam
  • ,
  • jampack
  • ,
  • ram
  • ,
  • chock up
  • ,
  • cram
  • ,
  • wad

7. Block passage through

  • "Obstruct the path"
    synonym:
  • obstruct
  • ,
  • obturate
  • ,
  • impede
  • ,
  • occlude
  • ,
  • jam
  • ,
  • block
  • ,
  • close up

Examples of using

Tom got caught in a traffic jam.
We got stuck in a traffic jam, which made us twenty minutes late.
Because of a traffic jam, we were late for the meeting.