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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
jam
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a traffic jam (=a line of cars that have stopped, or are moving very slowly)
▪ She spent two hours sitting in a traffic jam.
apple/treacle/jam etc tart
jam session
jammed the switchboard (=there were too many calls for the switchboard to deal with)
▪ Hundreds of callers jammed the switchboard trying to win the tickets .
jam/paint/yoghurt etc pot
slam on/jam on/hit the brakes (=use them suddenly and with a lot of force)
▪ The car in front stopped suddenly and I had to slam on the brakes.
stuck in...traffic jam
▪ We were stuck in a traffic jam for two hours.
traffic jam
▪ We were stuck in a traffic jam for two hours.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
apricot
▪ Heat the apricot jam gently and brush over the cake.
▪ You combine yogurt with some mustard and some apricot jam.
▪ Breakfast had been fruit and coffee; she'd firmly resisted the croissants with butter and apricot jam.
▪ Brush cake with strained apricot jam and place marzipan on top.
▪ Press the apricot jam through a sieve and stir in one tablespoon of cold water.
▪ A sort of sponge, low and crusty and golden, which they ate with apricot jam.
jar
▪ A jam jar on top of the bottle seems to be the answer.
▪ Long gone are the days of the cane, worm and jam jar!
▪ Put the oil and vinegar in a jam jar or other salted container.
▪ Here's flowers in a jam jar.
▪ Crystals Fill two jam jars with water and stir five tablespoons of Epsom Salts into each jar.
▪ She felt as though her brain were clambering around her skull like a wasp trying to get out of a jam jar.
▪ She hoped that he would not find the jam jar too utilitarian, but he appeared to possess few vases.
▪ We could draw off a pint to fill a customer's empty jam jar.
log
▪ The fingers of her other hand stretched and pressed, but the log jam was centred just out of reach.
▪ The contrasurvival engram is to the dynamics like a log jam which dams a necessary river.
▪ Upriver came a rumble and boom like the dynamite explosions that broke up the log jams.
raspberry
▪ These include making wooden seeds for raspberry jam.
▪ Most volcanic rocks contain some phenocrysts - they are a bit like the pips in raspberry jam.
▪ Still maintaining the shape, sandwich all the pieces of cake together with some of the buttercream and raspberry jam.
▪ With a spoon, she scoured the crumbs from a used jar of raspberry jam.
▪ She'd bought a pot of raspberry jam that had turned out to be bad.
sandwich
▪ Loved peanut butter and jam sandwiches.
▪ He munched his jam sandwich and, between bites, belched.
▪ The Marmite and plum jam sandwiches were already curling on the trestle table under the walnut tree.
session
▪ Then on Sunday night all styles will merge in a monumental jam session.
▪ The action continues through Sunday with nightly jam sessions, raffles, and a Grande Finale Concert.
▪ Baker was first heard no record in a public jam session of 1941 and quickly established an unbeatable reputation in London clubs.
strawberry
▪ At home she would have been having buttered toast and strawberry jam and probably a piece of sponge-cake to round it off.
▪ Since when do we put corn in strawberry jam?
▪ The strawberry jam she'd made hadn't set, she couldn't even take a telephone message.
▪ The son was looking directly ahead out of the window stuffing himself with bread and peanut butter and strawberry jam.
▪ Layer together with whipped cream, strawberry jam and sliced fresh strawberries.
▪ Home-made strawberry jam is particularly delicious but there are plenty of recipes around which centre on this scrummy fruit.
▪ On a smaller plate set before Frankie was a sandwich made with thickly sliced bread, best butter and strawberry jam.
tart
▪ Harriet played in tennis doubles and her public school boyfriends crowded in to eat her jam tarts.
▪ Members dressed up as the characters from Alice in Wonderland and had jam tarts and sandwiches in the refreshments on offer.
traffic
▪ Otherwise every traffic jam will gradually vanish beneath a rising tide of its own foamy output.
▪ Look, Chief, you want to cause a traffic jam?
▪ We don't want bus lanes on motorways and we don't want traffic jams.
▪ Nevertheless, telecommuting is destined to increase, he said, pushed along by snowstorms, traffic jams and technological progress.
▪ By the time we reached the Red Fort we had hit a traffic jam.
▪ Just look at these cabins, and you forget traffic jams, mortgages and mayhem back home.
▪ She had got stuck getting out of Belfast, and got lost trying to take a short cut round the traffic jam.
▪ Did anyone really do themselves any good by telling somebody off on the telephone or getting angry in a traffic jam?
■ VERB
cause
▪ The council says the shift will improve safety, as the present system causes traffic jams and poor visibility.
▪ Look, Chief, you want to cause a traffic jam?
▪ Its fleet of 3,500 lorries could cause a 30-mile traffic jam.
make
▪ Rhubarb is perfect with rich meats and makes superb jams, jellies, puddings and pies.
▪ A friend from a faraway city was visiting, and she decided to make jam.
▪ It is extremely simple to make - just warmed jam with a little water.
▪ And then she made mulberry jam.
▪ The first bite I take makes all the jam squirt out the side over my chin.
▪ So, for example, a preservative may be used in fruit which is used to make jam.
spread
▪ Trim the edges and spread over the jam.
▪ Serves 6 1 Spread the sponge with jam and cut into chunks.
▪ If she has toast she spreads it with jam or marmalade.
▪ There were scones that had been spread with butter and jam, spam sandwiches, marmalade sandwiches and egg sandwiches.
▪ Set aside one cake for the top and thinly spread the rest with jam.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
cheese/jam/cream etc puff
▪ Add a little cream puff goodie for dessert and no one will be late for dinner.
▪ He was courteous, but he did not feed him cream puffs.
▪ Makes about 19 cream puffs.&.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a jam in the copy machine
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ By the time she's cleared the jam, they're in the outskirts of Bournemouth.
▪ In case we don't like the cake she brings half a tea-chest of biscuits and three different jams.
▪ Initial press reports on the Dec. 20 accident focused on how pilot errors got the crew into a navigational jam.
▪ Otherwise every traffic jam will gradually vanish beneath a rising tide of its own foamy output.
▪ Streets around the normally tranquil town of Morton in Marsh were sealed and long traffic jams built up.
▪ What Case can not promise his members is immediate respite from the jams.
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
together
▪ Anything that would grab the eye was jammed together to make the page frantically busy.
▪ The towers were jammed together so tightly, he could feel the mass and stupendous weight.
▪ Despair overtakes me as soon as I see the dreaded trolleys jammed together.
▪ Locked side by side we squeezed fiercely, our sweaty temples jammed together, each trying to crush the other into submission.
▪ Boys were jammed together like rush-hour travellers on the Underground.
▪ Belowdecks, the crew was jammed together, 150 men to each open, windowless, poorly lighted, ill-ventilated bay.
▪ Their genes are jammed together and even overlap, with the end of one marking the start of the next.
▪ Connors and Banjo sat jammed together on the bench beside me.
up
▪ The ball-hitch mechanism seemed to have gone rusty and jammed up since it was last used.
▪ He was jammed up against something; there was something stuck in his craw.
▪ The drum was floating, jammed up against the Lock, thumping into the gates with each surge of the tide.
▪ Whenever he found himself praying, he knew he was at the very least jammed up inside, probably crazy.
■ NOUN
brake
▪ Most people naively imagine they will stop immediately when they jam on the brakes.
▪ When he jammed the brakes on she was better balanced.
▪ He jammed his brakes, and stopped his circling feet.
door
▪ Opening the executive case, he extracted a rubber wedge, jammed it under the door.
▪ The Whitsun visitors would follow the Easter ones; in no time at all the hotels would be jammed to the doors.
▪ Wegner said one possibility is that the impact jammed the door.
▪ Maybe then, just for an instant, she gave an irritated glance back at the jammed door.
switchboard
▪ Residents jammed the switchboard of city authorities asking whether it was safe in the area.
▪ Viewers jammed the Thames Television switchboard.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ All-night jam sessions were common in Kansas City jazz clubs of the 1930s.
▪ All five boys jammed happily into the back seat.
▪ Crowds of supporters jammed the lobby.
▪ Just hold the door open while I jam a wedge under it.
▪ Kelly poured himself another glass of wine and jammed the cork back into the bottle.
▪ Matthews used to jam with drummer Carter Beauford and saxophonist LeRoi Moore.
▪ One pilot reported that his controls had jammed.
▪ Some guys are getting together tonight at Scott's to jam.
▪ The electronic equipment jams enemy radar signals.
▪ We were jamming with J.D. and Rich last night.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Bollards are prone to sudden collapse, and the ropes often jam in the groove behind the capstan during retrieval.
▪ In his desperation to escape, he fumbled the lever and the door jammed partly open.
▪ Mark jams his under a cushion.
▪ Of course, the newspapers were filled with it, and the docks, railyards, and whorehouses were jammed with soldiers.
▪ The result was the Yosemite that tourists see today, jammed with awe-inspiring plutons with rounded tops and steep, vertical sides.
▪ The third time the clasp jammed.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Jam

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.

Jam nut. See Check nut, under Check.

Jam weld (Forging), a butt weld. See under Butt.

Jam

Jam \Jam\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Jammed (j[a^]md); p. pr. & vb. n. Jamming.] [Either fr. jamb, as if squeezed between jambs, or more likely from the same source as champ See Champ.]

  1. To press into a close or tight position; to crowd; to squeeze; to wedge in; to cram; as, rock fans jammed the theater for the concert.

    The ship . . . jammed in between two rocks.
    --De Foe.

  2. To crush or bruise; as, to jam a finger in the crack of a door. [Colloq.]

  3. (Naut.) To bring (a vessel) so close to the wind that half her upper sails are laid aback.
    --W. C. Russell.

  4. To block or obstruct by packing too much (people or objects) into; as, shoppers jammed the aisles during the fire sale.

  5. (Radio) To interfere with (a radio signal) by sending other signals of the same or nearby frequency; as, the Soviets jammed Radio Free Europe broadcasts for years during the cold war.

  6. To cause to become nonfunctional by putting something in that blocks the movement of a part or parts; as, he jammed the drawer by putting in too many loose papers; he jammed the lock by trying to pick it.

Jam

Jam \Jam\, n. (Mining) See Jamb.

Jam

Jam \Jam\ (j[a^]m), n. [Per. or Hind. j[=a]mah garment, robe.] A kind of frock for children.

Jam

Jam \Jam\, n.

  1. A mass of people or objects crowded together; also, the pressure from a crowd; a crush; as, a jam in a street; a jam of logs in a river.

  2. An injury caused by jamming. [Colloq.]

  3. A difficult situation; as, he got himself into a jam.

Jam

Jam \Jam\, v. i. 2. To become stuck so as not to function; as, the copier jammed again.

2. (Music) To play an instrument in a jam session.

3. To crowd together; -- usually used with together or in; as, fifty people jammed into a conference room designed for twenty.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
jam

"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.

jam

"fruit preserve," 1730s, probably a special use of jam (v.) with a sense of "crush fruit into a preserve."

jam

"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. \n

Wiktionary
jam

Etymology 1 n. 1 A sweet mixture of fruit boiled with sugar and allowed to congeal. Often spread on bread or toast or used in jam tarts. 2 (context countable English) A difficult situation. 3 (context countable English) blockage, congestion. 4 (context countable popular music English) An informal, impromptu performance or rehearsal. 5 (context countable baseball English) A difficult situation for a pitcher or defending team. 6 (context countable basketball English) A forceful dunk. 7 (context countable roller derby English) A play during which points can be scored. 8 (context climbing countable English) Any of several maneuvers requiring wedging of an extremity into a tight space. 9 (context UK English) luck. vb. 1 To get something stuck in a confined space. 2 To brusquely force something into a space; cram, squeeze. 3 To cause congestion or blockage. Often used with "up" 4 To block or confuse a broadcast signal. 5 (context baseball English) To throw a pitch at or near the batter hands. 6 (context music English) To play music (especially improvisation as a group, or an informal unrehearsed session). 7 To injure a finger or toe by sudden compression of the digit's tip. 8 (context roller derby English) To attempt to score points. 9 (context nautical English) To bring (a vessel) so close to the wind that half her upper sails are laid aback. 10 (label en Canadian informal) To give up on a date or some joint endeavour; stand up, chicken out, jam out. Etymology 2

n. (context dated English) A kind of frock for children. Etymology 3

n. (context mining English) (alternative form of jamb English)

WordNet
jam
  1. n. preserve of crushed fruit

  2. informal terms for a difficult situation; "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage" [syn: fix, hole, mess, muddle, pickle, kettle of fish]

  3. a dense crowd of people [syn: crush, press]

  4. deliberate radiation or reflection of electromagnetic energy for the purpose of disrupting enemy use of electronic devices or systems [syn: jamming, electronic jamming]

  5. [also: jamming, jammed]

jam
  1. v. press tightly together or cram; "The crowd packed the auditorium" [syn: throng, mob, pack, pile]

  2. push down forcibly; "The driver jammed the brake pedal to the floor"

  3. crush or bruise; "jam a toe" [syn: crush]

  4. interfere with or prevent the reception of signals; "Jam the Voice of America"; "block the signals emitted by this station" [syn: block]

  5. get stuck and immobilized; "the mechanism jammed"

  6. crowd or pack to capacity; "the theater was jampacked" [syn: jampack, ram, chock up, cram, wad]

  7. block passage through; "obstruct the path" [syn: obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, block, close up] [ant: free]

  8. [also: jamming, jammed]

Wikipedia
Jam (disambiguation)

Jam is a type of fruit preserves.

Jam may also refer to:

Jam (album)

Jam is the third studio album by British rock band Little Angels. It peaked at number one in the UK Albums Chart in 1993. It set a record for the shortest chart stay by a chart-topping album, climbing to the top and dropping off the bottom in just five weeks. The album features the band's biggest hit, "Womankind", which peaked at no. 12 during a five-week stay in the UK charts. The single "Too Much Too Young" features Canadian singer Bryan Adams on backup vocals, and also became a significant hit for the group, reaching no. 22. "Soap Box" and "Sail Away" were lesser hits, peaking at no. 33 and no. 45 respectively.

Jam (Turn It Up)

"Jam (Turn It Up)" is a song by American television personality Kim Kardashian. The song features background vocals by singer-songwriter and record producer The-Dream. The song was released to iTunes on March 2, 2011, and half of the proceeds from the sales of the song are being donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Shortly after the song's release, Kardashian confirmed that she had no plans to put out a full-length album any time soon. Years later, she also admitted that she regretted recording the song.

Jam (TV series)

Jam is a British dark sketch comedy TV series created, written and directed by Chris Morris, and was broadcast on Channel 4 during March and April 2000. It was based on the earlier BBC Radio 1 show Blue Jam, and consists of a series of unsettling sketches unfolding over an ambient soundtrack. Many of the sketches re-used the original radio soundtracks with the actors lip-synching their lines, an unusual technique which added to the programme's unsettling atmosphere. The cast, which comprised people who Morris had worked with on his earlier TV work such as The Day Today and Brass Eye, included Amelia Bullmore, David Cann, Julia Davis, the actor Kevin Eldon and Mark Heap, as well as occasional appearances from Morris himself. It was co-written by Peter Baynham, with additional material contributed by Jane Bussmann, David Quantick, Graham Linehan, Arthur Mathews and the cast.

The series received a mixed response from reviewers, and, like Brass Eye, attracted controversy over some of its content.

Jam (song)

"Jam" is a song by Michael Jackson. The song is the fourth single from his 1991 album Dangerous. It appears as track one on Dangerous and track two on his 2009 This Is It compilation album. The single was re-released in 2006 as part of Jackson's Visionary: The Video Singles collection and it was remixed to the Cirque du Soleil's Immortal World Tour, releasing that remix on the soundtrack album. "Jam" is a new jack swing song whose bridge features a rap performed by Heavy D (of the group Heavy D & the Boyz). The music video of the song featured NBA legend Michael Jordan (the other "MJ"). The song was also featured on the Chicago Bulls'—Jordan's team at that time—1992 NBA Championship video "Untouchabulls" and was also used in many promotional ads of the NBA in the said season. Despite this heavy form of promotion, the single only reached #26 in the United States. The song re-entered the UK charts in 2006, reaching number 22.

Jam (film)

Jam (or Jam: When Lives Collide) is a 2006 drama film directed by Craig E. Serling. Written by Serling and Nicole Lonner, the film was executive produced by Dianne Burnett for Burnett Entertainment in association with Thanksgiving Films. As Serling's first feature length project, Jam is based upon a short film by the same name that Serling shot in 2004. Starring Elizabeth Bogush, Dan Byrd, Julie Claire, and David DeLuise, Jam premiered at the Vail Film Festival on April 1, 2006, aired on television on the Starz! TV channel, and was released on DVD on July 3, 2007, by the Starz! distribution branch of Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Jam (title of nobility)

Jam (Sindhi: جام, Urdu: جام , Hindi: जाम) is the title given to the leader of royal family of a Samma/ Jadeja tribe, This title use as leader of Jadeja/Samma. Now its use for Jadeja/Samma Kshatriya and Samma Isami rulers.

Jam (novel)

Jam is a science-fiction post-apocalyptic young adult novel by British-Australian video-game critic Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw. It is his second published novel after Mogworld in 2010.

The concept for the novel can be seen in his weekly Zero Punctuation review of the survival horror game Dead Island where he says that people would not be able to cope if civilization ends in any other way than a zombie apocalypse.

Usage examples of "jam".

It helped that I knew where Jam was and that I had actu ally talked to her.

A small deal table was jammed into the fireplace and had been set afire several rimes but had smoldered out.

The last blast caused a jam rise on the bow planes maybe blew some gases into the aft ballast tanks.

Until Audion resumed jamming, there was no way to trace his transmitter.

I ought to ave taken im up some of me jam turnovers for is afternoon cup of tea.

They got away with a member of the Scottish executive having a dildo jammed up his bahookie by a piece of telegenic jail-bait.

She placed the squishy dog inside the jammed nooks housing her Beanie collection, which kept her company along with the stereo and television.

The three had gathered around the place and Becco was trying to jam the pole into the earth, but the ground was too hard to sink it far enough.

I would surmise the presence of a class-B jamming field of an unknown and extremely sophisticated design, probably controlled by a biaxial shield generator as Mr.

Fraternitatem sive participationem orationum aliorumque bonorum spiritualium sive monachorum sive aliarum Ecclesiarum et jam Cathedralium admissi errant, sive laici sive ecclesiastici.

And after Sunny moved aside three chunks of cold cheese, a large can of water chestnuts, and an eggplant as big as herself, she finally found a small jar of boysenberry jam, and a loaf of bread she could use to make toast, although it was so cold it felt more like a log than a breakfast ingredient.

Meanwhile, the youngest Baudelaire had put the chilled bread underneath her shirt to warm it up, and when it was warm enough to eat she put one slice on each plate, and using a small spoon, spread some boysenberry jam on each piece of bread.

Breakfast consisting of bitter black coffee, and jam smeared on butterless stale bread.

Jana saw was a blur of tattoos and black leather before she jammed her foot to the gas pedal so fast that Cavin had to grab hold of the dash to keep his balance.

Baby was four, and was a little soft fat thing with pretty cuddlesome ways, great smiling eyes, and lips very kissable when they were free from jam.