Definition of jamb in English:

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jamb

Pronunciation: /dʒam/

noun

A side post or surface of a doorway, window, or fireplace: he leaned against the door jamb
More example sentences
  • Salvaged doors and windows housed in new jambs set up contrasts between new and old.
  • The widths of original door and window jambs were calculated to fit the existing wall, and the addition of the new paneling makes the wall thicker by 1/4 ‘or more.’
  • Extend window and door jambs as needed so they will be flush with the face of the new paneling.
Synonyms
post, doorpost, upright, frame, pillar

Origin

Middle English: from Old French jambe 'leg, vertical support', based on Greek kampē 'joint'.

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  • Jamb as a term for a post of a doorway or window is from Old French jambe ‘leg, vertical support’, based on Greek kampē ‘joint’.

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