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English noun: jam

1. jam (food) preserve of crushed fruit

Broader (hypernym)conserve, conserves, preserve, preserves

Narrower (hyponym)strawberry jam, strawberry preserves

2. jam (state) informal terms for a difficult situation

SamplesHe got into a terrible fix.
He made a muddle of his marriage.

Synonymsfix, hole, kettle of fish, mess, muddle, pickle

Broader (hypernym)difficulty

Narrower (hyponym)dog's breakfast, dog's dinner

3. jam (group) a dense crowd of people

Synonymscrush, press

Broader (hypernym)crowd

Narrower (hyponym)snarl-up, traffic jam

4. jam (act) deliberate radiation or reflection of electromagnetic energy for the purpose of disrupting enemy use of electronic devices or systems

Synonymselectronic jamming, jamming

Broader (hypernym)ECM, electronic countermeasures

Narrower (hyponym)barrage jamming, selective jamming, spot jamming

English verb: jam

1. jam (motion) press tightly together or cram

SamplesThe crowd packed the auditorium.

Synonymsmob, pack, pile, throng

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)crowd, crowd together

2. jam (motion) push down forcibly

SamplesThe driver jammed the brake pedal to the floor.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)force, push

3. jam (contact) crush or bruise

SamplesJam a toe.

ExamplesDid he jam his foot?


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bruise, contuse

4. jam (communication) interfere with or prevent the reception of signals

SamplesJam the Voice of America.
Block the signals emitted by this station.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)break up, cut off, disrupt, interrupt

Narrower (hyponym)barrage jam, blanket jam, point jam, spot jam

5. jam (contact) get stuck and immobilized

SamplesThe mechanism jammed.

ExamplesThey want to jam the doors

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)malfunction, misfunction

6. jam (contact) crowd or pack to capacity

SamplesThe theater was jampacked.

ExamplesThey jam the books into the box

Synonymschock up, cram, jampack, ram, wad

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s something with something

Broader (hypernym)stuff

Verb groupcram

7. jam (contact) block passage through

SamplesObstruct the path.

Synonymsblock, close up, impede, obstruct, obturate, occlude

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hinder, impede

Narrower (hyponym)asphyxiate, back up, bar, barricade, barricade, barricade, barricado, block, block off, block off, block out, block up, blockade, blockade, choke, choke, choke off, clog, clog up, congest, dam, dam up, earth up, foul, land up, screen, stifle, stop, suffocate, tie up

Antonymsdisengage, free

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