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Jam Definition and Meaning

By Tayyaba Rehman & Fiza Rafique — Updated on February 16, 2024
Jam is a thick, sweet spread made from fruit and sugar, cooked until the pieces of fruit are soft and the mixture has thickened. e.g., She spread strawberry jam on her toast every morning.
Jam

Jam Definitions

A preserve made from cooked fruit and sugar.
He made blueberry jam from fresh berries.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 29, 2024
A difficult or tight situation.
She found herself in a jam when her car broke down.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 29, 2024
To force or wedge something into a tight space.
He jammed his books into the overstuffed backpack.
Urooj Arif
Jan 29, 2024
A gathering of musicians playing improvised music.
They enjoyed a jazz jam session on Friday night.
Urooj Arif
Jan 29, 2024
To block or clog up.
The paper jammed the printer.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 29, 2024
To press or push something roughly.
She jammed the button, but the machine didn't start.
Urooj Arif
Jan 29, 2024
An informal musical performance or session.
The band held a jam after their concert.
Urooj Arif
Jan 29, 2024
To fill a space to capacity.
The elevator was jammed with people.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 29, 2024
To interrupt or interfere with a signal.
The radio signal was jammed.
Urooj Arif
Jan 29, 2024
To drive or wedge forcibly into a tight position
Jammed the cork in the bottle.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
To activate or apply (a brake) suddenly. Often used with on
Jammed the brakes on.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
To cause to become unworkable because a part is stuck
The wrinkled paper jammed the copying machine.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
To cause (moving parts, for example) to lock into an unworkable position
Jammed the typewriter keys.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
To pack (items, for example) to excess; cram
Jammed my clothes into the suitcase.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
To fill (a container or space) to overflowing
I jammed the suitcase with clothes. Fans jammed the hallway after the concert.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
To block, congest, or clog
A drain that was jammed by debris.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
To crush or bruise
Jam a finger.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
(Electronics) To interfere with or prevent the clear reception of (broadcast signals) by electronic means.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
(Baseball) To throw an inside pitch to (a batter), especially to prevent the batter from hitting the ball with the thicker part of the bat.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
To become wedged or stuck
The coin jammed in the slot.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
To become locked or stuck in an unworkable position
The computer keyboard jammed.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
To force one's way into or through a limited space
We all jammed into the elevator.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
(Music) To participate in a jam session.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
(Basketball) To make a dunk shot.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
The act of jamming or the condition of being jammed.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
A crush or congestion of people or things in a limited space
A traffic jam.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
A trying situation.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
See jam session.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
A preserve made from whole fruit boiled to a pulp with sugar.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
A sweet mixture of fruit boiled with sugar and allowed to congeal. Often spread on bread or toast or used in jam tarts.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
(countable) A difficult situation.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
(countable) A blockage, congestion, or immobilization.
A traffic jam caused us to miss the game's first period.
A jam of logs in a river
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
An informal, impromptu performance or rehearsal.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
A song; a track.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
An informal event where people brainstorm and collaborate on projects.
We came up with some new ideas at the game jam.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
That which one particularly prefers, desires, enjoys, or cares about.
Teaching is my jam.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
A difficult situation for a pitcher or defending team.
The pitcher's in a jam now, having walked the bases loaded with the cleanup hitter coming to bat.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
A forceful dunk.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
A play during which points can be scored.
Toughie scored four points in that jam.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
Any of several maneuvers requiring wedging of an extremity into a tight space.
I used a whole series of fist and foot jams in that crack.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
(AU) The tree Acacia acuminata, with fruity-smelling hard timber.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
Luck.
He's got more jam than Waitrose.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
Balls, bollocks, courage, machismo
I don't think he has the jam.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
(dated) A kind of frock for children.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
To get something stuck, often (though not necessarily) in a confined space.
My foot got jammed in a gap between the rocks.
Her poor little baby toe got jammed in the door.
I jammed the top knuckle of my ring finger.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
To brusquely force something into a space; to cram, to squeeze.
They temporarily stopped the gas tank leak by jamming a piece of taffy into the hole.
The rush-hour train was jammed with commuters.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
To render something unable to move.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
To cause congestion or blockage. Often used with "up".
A single accident can jam the roads for hours.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
To block or confuse a radio or radar signal by transmitting a more-powerful signal on the same frequency.
The government jams foreign propaganda broadcasts.
The airstrike suffered minimal casualties because electronic-warfare aircraft were jamming the enemy air-defense radars.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
(baseball) To throw a pitch at or near the batter's hands.
Jones was jammed by the pitch.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
(basketball) To dunk.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
(music) To play music (especially improvisation as a group, or an informal unrehearsed session).
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
To injure a finger or toe by sudden compression of the digit's tip.
When he tripped on the step he jammed his toe.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
(roller derby) To attempt to score points.
Toughie jammed four times in the second period.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
To bring (a vessel) so close to the wind that half her upper sails are laid aback.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
To give up on a date or some other joint endeavour; to stand up, chicken out, jam out.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
A kind of frock for children.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
See Jamb.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
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.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
An injury caused by jamming.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
A difficult situation; as, he got himself into a jam.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
A preserve of fruit boiled with sugar and water; also called jelly; as, raspberry jam; currant jam; grape jam.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
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.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
To crush or bruise; as, to jam a finger in the crack of a door.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
To bring (a vessel) so close to the wind that half her upper sails are laid aback.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
To block or obstruct by packing too much (people or objects) into; as, shoppers jammed the aisles during the fire sale.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
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.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
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.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
To become stuck so as not to function; as, the copier jammed again.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
To play an instrument in a jam session.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
To crowd together; - usually used with together or in; as, fifty people jammed into a conference room designed for twenty.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
Preserve of crushed fruit
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
Informal terms for a difficult situation;
He got into a terrible fix
He made a muddle of his marriage
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
A dense crowd of people
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
Deliberate radiation or reflection of electromagnetic energy for the purpose of disrupting enemy use of electronic devices or systems
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
Press tightly together or cram;
The crowd packed the auditorium
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
Push down forcibly;
The driver jammed the brake pedal to the floor
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
Crush or bruise;
Jam a toe
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
Interfere with or prevent the reception of signals;
Jam the Voice of America
Block the signals emitted by this station
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
Get stuck and immobilized;
The mechanism jammed
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
Crowd or pack to capacity;
The theater was jampacked
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
Block passage through;
Obstruct the path
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 28, 2024
To become stuck or unable to move.
The door jammed and wouldn't open.
Urooj Arif
Jan 29, 2024

Jam Idioms & Phrases

Jam tomorrow

A promise of something good in the future that is unlikely to materialize.
His promises of getting a promotion felt like jam tomorrow, always just out of reach.
Urooj Arif
Jan 30, 2024

Get into a jam

To find oneself in a difficult or troublesome situation.
He got into a jam when he lost his passport while traveling abroad.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

Traffic jam

A situation where a large number of vehicles are unable to move or are moving very slowly.
I was late to the meeting because I got stuck in a massive traffic jam.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

Jam-packed

Very crowded or full to capacity.
The concert was jam-packed with fans from all over the city.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

Jam session

A gathering of musicians playing improvisational music together.
The local jazz club hosts a jam session every Thursday night.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

Toe-jam football

A casual, disorganized game of football typically played for fun.
We played a game of toe-jam football at the park, just kicking the ball around.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 30, 2024

In a jam

To be in a difficult situation or predicament.
He was in a jam when his car broke down on the way to the airport.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

Jam on the brakes

To apply the brakes of a vehicle suddenly and forcefully.
She had to jam on the brakes when a dog ran into the road.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

Jelly jam

A situation that is mixed up or confused, like blended jelly and jam.
The instructions were a jelly jam, hard to follow and unclear.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 30, 2024

Raspberry jam

A situation or outcome that is messy or turns out poorly.
The entire event was a raspberry jam, with one thing going wrong after another.
Urooj Arif
Jan 30, 2024

Preserve and jam

To manage or juggle multiple tasks or situations at the same time.
As a working parent, she had to preserve and jam to keep up with both her job and family life.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 30, 2024

Log jam

A situation where progress is hindered or blocked by a buildup or congestion of items or tasks.
The project faced a log jam when multiple tasks needed immediate attention.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 30, 2024

Jam sandwich

A situation where one is squeezed or caught between two difficult or demanding things.
Managing her job and studies, she felt like she was in a jam sandwich.
Urooj Arif
Jan 30, 2024

Space jam

A situation where there is a lack of space or an area is overly crowded.
The tiny waiting room was a space jam, with hardly any place to sit.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

Jam of the month

A reference to something that is currently popular or trendy.
That song is the jam of the month, playing on every radio station.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 30, 2024

Sweet as jam

Something or someone that is very pleasant or delightful.
Her grandmother was sweet as jam, always welcoming and kind-hearted.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 30, 2024

Door jam

A situation where a door is stuck or difficult to open or close.
I struggled with the door jam at the entrance of the old building.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

Jam the signal

To interfere with or disrupt a transmission or signal.
The spies attempted to jam the signal to prevent the message from being transmitted.
Urooj Arif
Jan 30, 2024

Jam out

To play music energetically or to enjoy listening to music enthusiastically.
They spent the evening jamming out to their favorite rock band.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 30, 2024

Fig jam

An expression used to imply that one is fine or in a good situation (slang).
When asked how he was doing after the promotion, he replied, Fig jam.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 30, 2024

Jam Example Sentences

The traffic jam made us late for the movie.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024
Every weekend, they hold a guitar jam at the park.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024
She got into a jam when she lost her map.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024
He loves raspberry jam on his pancakes.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024
The hallway was jammed with students after the fire drill.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 30, 2024
The door handle jammed, trapping us inside.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024
Her favorite type of jam is made from blackberries.
Urooj Arif
Jan 30, 2024
The printer is jammed with paper again.
Urooj Arif
Jan 30, 2024
They jammed all their camping gear into the trunk.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024
She tried to open the jammed drawer in her desk.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024
The band's impromptu jam was a hit with the audience.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 30, 2024
He accidentally jammed his finger in the car door.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024
He jammed his hat on his head and rushed out.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 30, 2024
During the jam session, everyone played their favorite songs.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024
She spread jam on her toast every morning.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

Common Curiosities

How is jam used in a sentence?

Example: "She spread strawberry jam on her toast."
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

What is a stressed syllable in jam?

In "jam," the single syllable is stressed.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

How do we divide jam into syllables?

As a single syllable word, "jam" is not divided into syllables.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

How many syllables are in jam?

There is one syllable in "jam."
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

What is the first form of jam?

The first form (base form) of "jam" as a verb is "jam."
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

What is the second form of jam?

The second form (past simple) of "jam" as a verb is "jammed."
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

Why is it called jam?

"Jam" is called so because it derives from the verb "jam," meaning to press or crush, referring to the process of making jam by crushing fruit and boiling it with sugar.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

What is the verb form of jam?

"Jam" itself can be used as a verb.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

What is another term for jam?

Another term for "jam" (the food) is "preserve."
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

What is the plural form of jam?

The plural form is "jams."
Fiza Rafique
Jan 30, 2024

Is jam an abstract noun?

"Jam" is a concrete noun when referring to the food product.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

What is the root word of jam?

The root word of "jam" is the same, "jam," from the verb meaning to press or crush.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 30, 2024

What is the third form of jam?

The third form (past participle) of "jam" as a verb is "jammed."
Fiza Rafique
Jan 30, 2024

What is the singular form of jam?

The singular form is "jam."
Urooj Arif
Jan 30, 2024

What is the opposite of jam?

The opposite of "jam" as a verb can be "unjam" or "clear."
Fiza Rafique
Jan 30, 2024

Is jam a vowel or consonant?

"Jam" is a word, not a single vowel or consonant.
Urooj Arif
Jan 30, 2024

Is jam a countable noun?

As a noun, "jam" can be countable, as in different types of jams.
Urooj Arif
Jan 30, 2024

Is the jam term a metaphor?

"Jam" can be used metaphorically, especially the verb form (e.g., traffic jam).
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

What is the pronunciation of jam?

Jam is pronounced as /dʒæm/.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 30, 2024

Is jam a negative or positive word?

"Jam" is neutral; its connotation depends on the context.
Urooj Arif
Jan 30, 2024

Is jam a noun or adjective?

"Jam" is primarily a noun, but it can also be used as a verb.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 30, 2024

Is jam an adverb?

No, "jam" is not an adverb.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 30, 2024

Is jam a collective noun?

"Jam" is not typically used as a collective noun.
Urooj Arif
Jan 30, 2024

Which article is used with jam?

The articles "the," "a," or "an" can be used with "jam," depending on the context.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

Is the word jam imperative?

"Jam" can be used in the imperative form as a verb, as in "Jam the door shut."
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

Is the word jam Gerund?

The gerund form of "jam" as a verb is "jamming."
Urooj Arif
Jan 30, 2024

Is the word “jam” a Direct object or an Indirect object?

"Jam" as a noun can be a direct object, as in "She made jam."
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

Which determiner is used with jam?

Determiners like "the," "a," or "some" can be used with "jam."
Fiza Rafique
Jan 30, 2024

Which vowel is used before jam?

Any vowel can precede "jam," depending on the context and the preceding word.
Urooj Arif
Jan 30, 2024

What part of speech is jam?

"Jam" can be a noun (the food) or a verb (to obstruct or squeeze).
Urooj Arif
Jan 30, 2024

Which preposition is used with jam?

Prepositions like "in," "on," or "with" can be used with "jam."
Urooj Arif
Jan 30, 2024

Which conjunction is used with jam?

Conjunctions such as "and," "but," or "or" can be used with "jam."
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

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Tayyaba Rehman
Tayyaba Rehman is a distinguished writer, currently serving as a primary contributor to askdifference.com. As a researcher in semantics and etymology, Tayyaba's passion for the complexity of languages and their distinctions has found a perfect home on the platform. Tayyaba delves into the intricacies of language, distinguishing between commonly confused words and phrases, thereby providing clarity for readers worldwide.
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Fiza Rafique is a skilled content writer at AskDifference.com, where she meticulously refines and enhances written pieces. Drawing from her vast editorial expertise, Fiza ensures clarity, accuracy, and precision in every article. Passionate about language, she continually seeks to elevate the quality of content for readers worldwide.

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