Adjective "jamming" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Squeeze or pack tightly into a specified space.
  1. 'people jammed their belongings into cars'
  2. 'One of the guys was incredibly tall, and had to jam himself into the kart.'
  3. 'His name was Petar, and within five minutes I was jammed into his tent along with three of his companions.'
  4. 'After practically every clothing item I own is jammed into my large suitcase, I lug it down the stairs.'
  5. 'Sometimes as many as 500 students jam themselves into an auditorium for a California Scholarship Federation meeting.'
  6. 'he jammed his hat on'
  7. 'Horse players are now being treated like the mugs who jam their money into slot machines.'
  8. 'She tied up her hair in a bun and jammed a shapeless felt hat down over it.'
  9. 'Unfazed, she stood once more and jammed her hat onto her head.'
  10. 'I jammed my feet into the closest pair of sneakers and grabbed my back pack.'
  11. 'My hair stood at different angles, and I jammed my Yankees hat over my head.'
  12. 'She reined in her horse at the gates and swung down, jamming one of the keys into the padlock on the gate.'
  13. 'Akira waddled toward the door in the cumbersome space suit, he jammed the pistol into one of the pockets, put his helmet on and pulled the door open handle.'
  14. 'I jammed my feet one at a time into my boots and strapped on my helmet.'
  15. 'To turn the loom on, you grab the metal lever, pull it toward the machine, and jam it in a slot.'
  16. 'I pushed the arms away from me and swung around, jamming my fist into the body of the person holding me.'
  17. 'The East Lancashire Road was jammed with commuters trying to avoid the motorway.'
  18. 'AMERICAN POETRY is at something of a crossroads, and the roads leading there are jammed with traffic.'
  19. 'I put on my flak jacket and helmet and walked up the road, which was jammed with tanks and armored fighting vehicles waiting to cross the bridge.'
  20. 'It took several hours on Wednesday morning for locals to find out what the problem was with the local water works telephone line jammed and no information available.'
  21. 'Even before the 8am deadline yesterday morning, phone lines to Ticketmaster were jammed with tens of thousands of his fans trying to get through.'
  22. 'Phone networks have been jammed today following a series of blasts that hit London's public transport network this morning.'
Become or make unable to move or work due to a part seizing up or becoming stuck.
  1. with object 'the doors were jammed open'
  2. 'The wheels needed to be discs - spoked wheels just got jammed with sticks and branches.'
  3. 'The outer doors are missing, the inner doors jammed, and the whole apparatus knocked out of alignment.'
  4. 'On one beach, hemmed in by cliffs on either side and palm trees at the back, some Grenadians are playing cricket, three sticks jammed into the sand for stumps.'
  5. 'Veena Shankar was trapped in her fourth floor apartment with her two children when the doors jammed after the earthquake.'
  6. 'The door seemed to be jammed and it moved very slowly as I pushed with all my might.'
  7. 'We reached the second elevator without confrontation of demons and we found an elevator with the doors jammed shut.'
  8. 'The door had jammed, and I had been unable to get out of the car.'
  9. 'I reached the foot of the doors as the tide grew and I grasped each plate with my fingers and it inched open but suddenly jammed.'
  10. 'For a long time that door would always jam shut when ever you slammed it.'
  11. 'The swing bridge over the River Ouse at Selby was operating fully this morning after it jammed open at 9pm yesterday.'
  12. 'It is important that the driver does not rest his finger on this switch or he will then have effectively jammed all radio transmissions to his pit.'
  13. 'No radio or TV and the news sites seem to be jammed.'
  14. 'The FCC argues that jamming mobile phone signals is theft of airwaves - but, more importantly, the dangers of someone missing an important call outweigh any benefit of silence.'
  15. 'He helped trigger the October demos with radio broadcasts on a channel that has since been jammed.'
Improvise with other musicians, especially in jazz or blues.
  1. 'As the band got into their set, there were so many musicians jamming on a single song, it was like the finale of a Live Aid concert.'
  2. 'To the delight of the crowd the pair jammed out a selection of Bob Marley classics and Fugees hits.'
  3. 'They played old and new hits, got the audience jumping over and over again, and ended it by going back into the crowd and jamming for 20 minutes or so.'


An instance of a thing seizing or becoming stuck.
  1. 'And let's be honest, I haven't had much to write about either - office politics, photocopier jams and the mailman's unfathomable attitude towards me being the highlight of my day.'
  2. 'Election officials complain of paper jams, maintenance problems at the polling places, and high costs of printing and ballot management.'
  3. 'There's a paper jam, and she's got some scissors that you can actually see there on the counter, and she's trying to fix the paper jam.'
  4. 'But the traffic tailbacks and jams, which stretched right back into York, lasted well into the rush hour.'
  5. 'All but one of the four northbound motorway lanes had to be closed down for several hours creating jams and tailbacks.'
  6. 'A squad of motorcycle policemen tried to keep the jams moving, but tailbacks of several miles built up through Malton and out as far as Rillington.'
  7. 'For two solid pitches of great climbing, you combine laybacking, finger and hand jams, and friction moves to make your way up the corner system.'
An awkward situation or predicament.
  1. 'Are you as helpful as you can be when your pal is in a jam?'
  2. 'Whenever a TV character, say, Lucy Ricardo for example, is in a jam and thinks of a clever way out, she'll try it once.'
  3. 'In a jam like this, it's certainly OK to help your girl save face.'
An improvised performance by a group of musicians, especially in jazz or blues.
  1. 'Pig Lib has almost a 1970s rock feel to its freeform, guitar-led jams.'
  2. 'Their latest album, You Forgot It in People, amazingly encompasses all of it, the anthemic indie, the ambient dub, the free rock, the orchestral jams and the pristine pop.'
  3. 'an ultra catchy jam, driven by the drums but given substance by the interjection of horns'
  4. 'The catchy jam is off their upcoming album Third Strike, out later this year.'
  5. 'Coloured Clocks tour as a four piece band, wowing audiences with their catchy hooks combined with improvisational psychedelic jams.'
  6. 'The popular radio jam quickly caught flak from groups who deemed the song's lyrics offensive.'
  7. 'It was nice of Lenny Kravitz to dust off some new jams for us at halftime there.'
  8. 'They danced to his jam and to Hammer's Too Legit to Quit.'


A sweet spread or conserve made from fruit and sugar boiled to a thick consistency.
  1. as modifier 'jam doughnuts'
  2. 'A selection of delicate pastries, banana slices, glazed fudge, lemon tarts, scones with clotted cream and jam, and boiled Welsh fruit cake were also on offer.'
  3. 'The sandwich was well up to expectations and this was followed by a warm and very fresh fruit scone which crumbled as we spread it with strawberry jam and cream.'
  4. 'Steam puddings with dried fruit or jam for flavouring were boiled in basins with cloths tied over the top.'
  5. 'Every morning her husband brings her breakfast of croissants with strawberry jam and a bowl of fresh fruit to bed.'
  6. 'When cake is quite cold, brush top with slightly warmed apricot jam.'
  7. 'Fresh thick slices of loaf bread, generously spread with strawberry jam, washed down with strong sweet tea just have to be eaten outdoors to be really enjoyed.'
  8. 'You can then sprinkle the petit suisse with sugar or strawberry jam.'
  9. 'There is nothing wrong with a good old Victoria sponge, thickly spread with butter icing and home-made jam, and dusted with icing sugar.'
  10. 'She was munching through a croissant, heartily spread with black raspberry jam, when she realized that she had other things to think about.'
  11. 'If you have enough berries, you can also make little pots of sweet jam.'
  12. 'It seems you're just not interested in the bread and butter; only the jam.'


Make (fruit) into jam.

    More definitions

    1. to press, squeeze, or wedge tightly between bodies or surfaces, so that motion or extrication is made difficult or impossible: The ship was jammed between two rocks.

    2. to bruise or crush by squeezing: She jammed her hand in the door.

    3. to fill too tightly; cram: He jammed the suitcase with clothing.

    4. to press, push, or thrust violently, as into a confined space or against some object: She jammed her foot on the brake.

    5. to fill o

    More examples(as adjective)

    "talks can be jamming."


    (jam)Mid 18th century: perhaps from jam.


    jam tomorrow
    put (or lay) on jam