Dictionary: JAL'A-PIN – JANT

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A vegetable proximate principle of the officinal Jalap.

JAM, n.

  1. A conserve of fruits boiled with sugar and water.
  2. A kind of frock for children.

JAM, or JAMB, n.

Among the lead miners of Mendip, a thick bed of stone which hinders them when pursuing the veins of ore. – Cyc.

JAM, v.t. [Russ. jem, a press; jmu, to press.]

  1. To press; to crowd; to wedge in.
  2. In England, to tread hard or make firm by treading, as land by cattle. – Grose.

JA-MA'CI-NA, n. [From Jamaica.]

An alkaloid obtained from the Andira inermis, or cabbage-bark tree of the West Indies.

JAMB, n. [jam; Fr. jambe, a leg; jambes de force, a corbel or pier; It. gamba, a leg; gambo, a stem or stalk.]

  1. In architecture, a supporter; the side-piece or post of a door; the side-piece of a fire-place.
  2. A pillar to support the superior parts of a building. – Elmes.

JAM-BEE', n.

A name formerly given to a fashionable cane. – Tatler.

JAM'BEUX, n. [supra.]

Armor for the legs. [Obs.] – Dryden.


A mineral consisting of sulphur, lead and antimony; named from Prof. Jameson.

JAM'MED, pp.

Pressed; crowded.

JAM'MING, ppr.

Pressing; crowding; wedging in.

JANE, n.

  1. A coin of Genoa. – Spenser.
  2. A kind of fustian.

JAN'GLE, v.i. [G. zanken.]

To quarrel in words; to altercate; to bicker; to wrangle. – Shak.

JAN'GLE, v.t.

To cause to sound untunably or discordantly. E'er monkish rhymes / Had jangl'd their fantastic chimes. – Prior.


A wrangling, noisy fellow.


A noisy dispute; a wrangling.


Wrangling; quarreling; sounding discordantly.

JAN'I-TOR, n. [L.]

A door-keeper; a porter. – Warton.


Pertaining to the Janizaries, or their government. – Burke.

JAN'I-ZA-RY, n. [Turkish, yeniskeri; yeni and askari, new troops. Eton.]

A soldier of the Turkish foot guards. The Janizaries were a body of infantry, and reputed the Grand Seignor's guards. They became turbulent, and rising in arms against the Sultan, were attacked, defeated, and destroyed in Constantinople, in June, 1826.


Oat-bread. [Local.]


The doctrine of Jansen, in regard to free will and grace.


A follower of Jansen, bishop of Ypres, in Flanders.

JANT, n.

An excursion; a ramble; a short journey. – Milton.

JANT, v.i. [In Fr. jante is the felly of a wheel, and the original root signified probably to extend or to run, to ramble.]

To ramble here and there; to make an excursion. – Shak.