jam

1 noun
1 (C, U) a very thick sweet substance made from boiled fruit and sugar and eaten especially on bread; conserve: strawberry jam
2 (C) a situation in which it is difficult or impossible to move because there are so many people, things, cars etc close together: traffic jam: Sorry we're late. We got stuck in a traffic jam.
3 be in a jam informal to be in a difficult or uncomfortable situation
4 jams (plural) AmE brightly coloured trousers that stop above your knee
5 jam tomorrow BrE informal good things that you are promised if you are patient enough to wait for them
—see also: jam session 2 verb
1 PUSH HARD (T) to push something somewhere using a lot of force, or to push too many things into a small place: jam sth into/under/on: I'll never jam all my clothes into one suitcase. | be jammed (up) against sth (=pushed tightly against something)
2 MACHINE also jam up (I, T) if a lock or a moving part of a machine jams, or if you jam it, it no longer works properly because something is preventing it from moving: The front roller has jammed on the photocopier.
3 BLOCK also jam up (T) if a lot of people or vehicles jam a place, they block it so that it is difficult to move: Crowds jammed the entrance to the stadium.
— see also: jammed (2)
4 MUSIC (I) to play music informally with others without practising first
— see also: jam session
5 jam on the brakes to slow down a car suddenly by putting your foot down hard on the brake 1 (1)
6 jam the switchboard if telephone calls jam the switchboard, so many people are telephoning the same organization that its telephone system cannot work properly
7 RADIO (T) to deliberately prevent broadcasts or other electronic signals from being received by sending out noise on the same wavelength
8 sb is jamming AmE spoken used to say that someone is doing something well

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

Synonyms:
, , / (boiled in mass), / (from a crowd), / , , , , (crowded together)


Look at other dictionaries:

  • jam — jám įv …   Bendrinės lietuvių kalbos žodyno antraštynas

  • JAM — steht in der Musik für: Jam (Hip Hop), eine Art Hip Hop Party, siehe Jam FM, ein Berliner Radiosender Jamsession, eine Musikveranstaltung Pearl Jam, eine US amerikanische Rockband The Jam, eine englische Rockband Jam steht außerdem für: Jam… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Jam FM — Allgemeine Informationen Empfang analog terrestrisch, Kabel digital Satellit, Internet Livestream, iPhone App …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Jam — steht in der Musik für: Jam (Hip Hop), eine Art Hip Hop Party Jam FM, ein Berliner Radiosender Jamsession, eine Musikveranstaltung Jam (Lied), ein Lied von Michael Jackson Pearl Jam, eine US amerikanische Rockband The Jam, eine englische Rockband …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • JAM — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. {{{image}}}   Sigles d une seule lettre   Sigles de deux lettres > Sigles de trois lettres …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Jam — «Jam» Сингл М …   Википедия

  • JAM'S — Pays d’origine France Genre(s) Musique électronique (IDM, Ambient, industriel...) Années actives 1998 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Jam — Jam, n. [Prob. fr. jam, v.; but cf. also Ar. jamad ice, jelly, j[=a]mid congealed, jamd congelation, ice.] A preserve of fruit boiled with sugar and water; also called {jelly}; as, raspberry jam; currant jam; grape jam. [1913 Webster] {Jam nut}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • JAM — puede referirse a: JAM, un código de país (ISO 3166 1 alfa 3) de Jamaica. JAM, una unidad de las modelos japoneses de Junko Okuda, Ami Haruna y Misako Murakami. JAM, personaje de la saga de Guilty Gear, un videojuego de peleas en 2D. JAM Java… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Jam — 〈[ dʒæ̣m] m. 6; EDV〉 Kontrollsignal, das einen Daten od. Papierstau anzeigt [engl., „Stau“] * * * Jam [ʤæm ], das; s, s, auch: die; , s [engl. jam, viell. zu: to jam = kräftig pressen]: englische Marmelade (außer Orangenkonfitüre). * * * I Jam  … …   Universal-Lexikon

  • jam — jam1 [jam] vt. jammed, jamming [< ?] 1. to squeeze or wedge into or through a confined space 2. a) to bruise or crush b) to force (a thumb, toe, etc.) back against its joint so as to cause impaction 3. to push, sho …   English World dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.