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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1966, abstracted from pajamas (q.v.).


n. (plural of jam English) vb. (en-third-person singular of: jam)


The acronymJAMS may stand for:

  • The Journal of the American Mathematical Society
  • The Journal of the American Musicological Society
  • The Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science
  • JAMS (alternative dispute resolution), a popular alternative dispute resolution service whose name was formerly an acronym for Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service
  • The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, another name for music group The KLF

JAMS is one of the lines of clothing produced by Jams World.

JAMS (alternative dispute resolution)

JAMS, formerly known as Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. is a United States-based for-profit organization of alternative dispute resolution services, including mediation and arbitration. H. Warren Knight, a former California Superior Court judge, founded JAMS in 1979 in Santa Ana, California. A 1994 merger with Endispute of Washington, D.C. made JAMS into the largest private arbitration and mediation service in the country. It is one of the major arbitration administration organizations in the United States. As of 2014, JAMS has 28 resolution centers, including its headquarters in Irvine, California and centers in Toronto and London.

JAMS administers a few hundred consumer arbitration cases per year. JAMS's Consumer Minimum Standards have been the subject of scholarly commentary. A policy promulgated by JAMS in 2004 that would have allowed for class arbitrations, even if the arbitration agreement did not allow them, and the subsequent retraction of that policy, were also the subject of controversy.

Usage examples of "jams".

MAMA-POP burns to death in evacuatory traffic jams out on Interstate 74.

For a while the People still crossed the river between the towns on ice, hopping nimbly from one floe to another, but eventually the water was clear enough of ice that the fragile little hide-covered bullboats could be used without danger of being crushed in ice jams.

Again, as before, it was not long before the combined friction of the line passing through these snap links made pulling it through difficult and dangerous, as the effort tended to lift him from the scant boot jams and fingerholds the face provided.

Their icebound mocassins were sadly worn by much travel, and the sharp ice of the river jams had cut them to rags.

All around me is a celebration of foods from around the world, baskets of bread, trays of tarts and cakes, rows of jams and condiments and olive oils, pasta in every conceivable shape, and the smell of dark coffee beans grown on four continentsa profusion that has never failed to bring me a rush of joy.

After six weeks of traffic jams and breakdowns, they simply gave up and sent the units back to their garrisons.

They were almost copies of the several linkmen who had come into Twombly Town selling jams and jellies some years back.

They had departed in fits and starts, in mishaps of fogbound flights and broken landing gears that held them up, or down, hindered by spuming radiators and traffic jams on the interstate, panicked by eleventh-hour losses of tickets and passports and vital addresses written on lost scraps of paper in disappearing ink.

It was sixty miles from Newbury to Cheltenham and on the way I chewed my fingernails through two lots of roadworks and an army convoy, knowing also that near the course the crawling racegoing jams would mean half an hour for the last mile.

Alden is contemplating berries strawberries raspberries, high bush blueberries-in a pick-your own operation, and eventually we could expand into jams and pies, I have so many good recipes and so many people are succeeding these days, Ben and Jerry, those two, why not us?

Cyclists, many more than Minogue saw on ordinary workdays, swarmed around the jams, skittering over the kerbs and plainly enjoying themselves.

Well, she could make jams and jellies, chutneys and spreads to her heart's content.

  He overrides the warning buzzer, jams the stereo over to Taxiscan, which cruises all the taxi-driver frequencies listening for interesting traffic.

There were honeys and jams, jellies, nuts and spices and the ancestral breakfast plate was spread out to the greatest advantage amid the golden cutlery of the Groans.

French jams, English marmalades, an unclean butter dish, bottles of ketchup and Lea &amp.