how to pronounce jam


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jam is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of jam in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… needed to break the log jam and when all …”

meanings of jam


  1. An informal, impromptu performance or rehearsal.
  2. A household that is only barely able to meet its financial obligations.
  3. A sweet mixture of fruit boiled with sugar and allowed to congeal. Often spread on bread or toast or used in jam tarts.
  4. Blockage, congestion.
  5. A play during which points can be scored.
  6. Any of several maneuvers requiring wedging of an extremity into a tight space.
  7. Luck.
  8. Sexual relations or the contemplation of them.
  9. That which one particularly prefers, desires, enjoys, or cares about.
  10. A kind of frock for children.
  11. Alternative form of jamb.
  12. A difficult situation for a pitcher or defending team.
  13. A song; a track.
  14. A forceful dunk.
  15. A difficult situation.
  16. An informal event where people brainstorm and collaborate on projects.


  1. To play music (especially improvisation as a group, or an informal unrehearsed session).
  2. To cause congestion or blockage. Often used with "up".
  3. To injure a finger or toe by sudden compression of the digit's tip.
  4. To block or confuse a broadcast signal.
  5. To get something stuck, often (though not necessarily) in a confined space.
  6. To brusquely force something into a space; cram, squeeze.
  7. To give up on a date or some joint endeavour; stand up, chicken out, jam out.
  8. To throw a pitch at or near the batter's hands.
  9. To attempt to score points.
  10. To bring (a vessel) so close to the wind that half her upper sails are laid aback.

jam frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word jam occurs in english on average 22.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics jam can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that jam can be often used in the following areas:

1) leisure and entertainment;

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