Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Either of the two vertical pieces framing a doorway and supporting the lintel. Also called doorpost.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Either of the upright posts on either side of a door, which together support a lintel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a jamb for a door

Etymologies

door +‎ jamb (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In 1987 they finally found the narrow tomb entrance; on the doorjamb was the cartouche of Ramses II that Burton had noted in his journal.

    The Tomb Of Brothers

  • The doorjamb was his ally; caught in the force of the blow, Nicholas's knee would shatter like crystal.

    The Ninja

  • But behind the sitter, blurred from movement, a naked girl swings from the doorjamb, a wild apparition at odds with the placidity of the foreground.

    Larissa Archer: Artist Unbound: Francesca Woodman at SFMOMA

  • My moist, wavering hand pulled the door handle and I almost fell onto the sidewalk when my foot caught the doorjamb as I exited.

    Brooklyn Story

  • Cara sagged against the doorjamb, then made her way into the bathroom, where she collapsed on the closed lid of the toilet.

    Choker

  • Alexis wavered, steadying herself with a hand on the doorjamb.

    Choker

  • The urgency moving through her, well, she might as well hump the doorjamb or cry aloud.

    Three Stages of Amazement

  • I head for the front door, reach for the handle, and crumple against the doorjamb.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms

  • GONZALES: Running out of his house, Ashley's year-old daughter banged her head on a doorjamb, opening a big gash.

    Answers Still Elusive In San Bruno Pipeline Blast

  • She wobbled, tried to hold her smile and then reached for the side of the doorjamb to steady herself.

    Olivia

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