(noun) a vessel (usually cylindrical) with a wide mouth and without handles

jolt, jar, jounce, shock

(noun) a sudden jarring impact; “the door closed with a jolt”; “all the jars and jolts were smoothed out by the shock absorbers”

jar, jarful

(noun) the quantity contained in a jar; “he drank a jar of beer”


(verb) affect in a disagreeable way; “This play jarred the audience”

jolt, jar

(verb) move or cause to move with a sudden jerky motion

jar, shake up, bump around

(verb) shock physically; “Georgia was shaken up in the Tech game”

clash, jar, collide

(verb) be incompatible; be or come into conflict; “These colors clash”

Source: WordNet® 3.1


JAR (plural JARs)

(computing, Java programming language) Initialism of Java archive.


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Etymology 1


jar (plural jars)

(originally) An earthenware container, either with two or no handles, for holding oil, water, wine, etc, or used for burial. [from late 16th c.]

A small, approximately cylindrical container, normally made of clay or glass, for holding fruit, preserves, etc, or for ornamental purposes.

Synonyms: cruse, pot

A jar and its contents; as much as fills such a container; a jarful.


• cookie jar

• jam jar

• mason jar

• spice jar


jar (third-person singular simple present jars, present participle jarring, simple past and past participle jarred)

(transitive) To preserve (food) in a jar.

Synonym: bottle

Etymology 2


jar (countable and uncountable, plural jars)

(countable) A clashing or discordant set of sounds, particularly with a quivering or vibrating quality.

(countable, also, figuratively) A quivering or vibrating movement or sensation resulting from something being shaken or struck.

Synonym: jolt

(countable, by extension) A sense of alarm or dismay.

(countable) The effect of something contradictory or discordant; a clash.

(countable, now, rare) A disagreement, a dispute, a quarrel; (uncountable) contention, discord; quarrelling.


jar (third-person singular simple present jars, present participle jarring, simple past and past participle jarred)

(transitive) To knock, shake, or strike sharply, especially causing a quivering or vibrating movement.

(transitive) To harm or injure by such action.

(transitive, figuratively) To shock or surprise.

(transitive, figuratively) To act in disagreement or opposition, to clash, to be at odds with; to interfere; to dispute, to quarrel.

(ambitransitive) To (cause something to) give forth a rudely tremulous or quivering sound; to (cause something to) sound discordantly or harshly.

(intransitive) To quiver or vibrate due to being shaken or struck.

(intransitive, figuratively) Of the appearance, form, style, etc, of people and things: to look strangely different; to stand out awkwardly from its surroundings; to be incongruent.


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Source: Wiktionary

Jar, n. Etym: [See Ajar.]

Definition: A turn. [Only in phrase.] On the jar, on the turn, ajar, as a door.

Jar, n. Etym: [F. jarre, Sp. jarra, from Ar. jarrah ewer; cf. Pers. jarrah.]

1. A deep, broad-mouthed vessel of earthenware or glass, for holding fruit, preserves, etc., or for ornamental purposes; as, a jar of honey; a rose jar. Dryden.

2. The measure of what is contained in a jar; as, a jar of oil; a jar of preserves. Bell jar, Leyden jar. See in the Vocabulary.

Jar, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Jarred; p. pr. & vb. n. jarring.] Etym: [Cf. OE. charken to creak, AS. cearcian to gnash, F. jars a gander, L. garrire to chatter, prate, OHG. kerran to chatter, croak, G. quarren to grumble, and E. jargon, ajar.]

1. To give forth a rudely quivering or tremulous sound; to sound harshly or discordantly; as, the notes jarred on my ears. When such strings jar, what hope of harmony Shak. A string may jar in the best master's hand. Roscommon.

2. To act in opposition or disagreement; to clash; to interfere; to quarrel; to dispute. When those renowned noble peers Greece Through stubborn pride among themselves did jar. Spenser. For orders and degrees Jar not with liberty, but well consist. Milton.

Jar, v. t.

1. To cause a short, tremulous motion of, to cause to tremble, as by a sudden shock or blow; to shake; to shock; as, to jar the earth; to jar one's faith.

2. To tick; to beat; to mark or tell off. [Obs.] My thoughts are minutes, and with sighs they jar Their watches on unto mine eyes. Shak.

Jar, n.

1. A rattling, tremulous vibration or shock; a shake; a harsh sound; a discord; as, the jar of a train; the jar of harsh sounds.

2. Clash of interest or opinions; collision; discord; debate; slight disagreement. And yet his peace is but continual jar. Spenser. Cease, cease these jars, and rest your minds in peace. Shak.

3. A regular vibration, as of a pendulum. I love thee not a jar of the clock. Shak.

4. pl.

Definition: In deep well boring, a device resembling two long chain links, for connecting a percussion drill to the rod or rope which works it, so that the drill is driven down by impact and is jerked loose when jammed.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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