Definition of slam in English:

slam

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Shut (a door, window, or lid) forcefully and loudly.

    ‘he slams the door behind him as he leaves’
    • ‘Cursing again, I slammed the water shut and stepped outside.’
    • ‘The minute she slammed the door shut behind her, he came bolting out, diving by her side.’
    • ‘Monsieur Mulot came into the room, slamming the door loudly behind him.’
    • ‘I glared at him not bothering to dignify that with a response, I walked out into the street slamming the door shut behind me.’
    • ‘I slam the door shut behind me, storming down the stairwell in tears.’
    • ‘He slammed the door shut behind him and collapsed against it, closing his eyes and gulping air in an effort to quell his anger.’
    • ‘He pulled me into his bedroom, slamming the door shut behind the two of us.’
    • ‘The plane's propeller began to whirl loudly, and Cory slammed the door shut.’
    • ‘Kenny got up and stormed out of the hall, slamming the door loudly behind him.’
    • ‘Running to her dorm she slams the door shut behind her.’
    • ‘As she slammed the door shut behind her, she looked around the street.’
    • ‘When I finally did open it, I bolted inside and slammed the door shut behind myself.’
    • ‘My mother slammed her locker very hard and walked out of the locker room.’
    • ‘I slammed the limo door shut and sped of into the sunset.’
    • ‘He then sat in the driver's seat and slammed his door shut behind him.’
    • ‘She stomped away into her room, slamming the door loudly behind her.’
    • ‘In a rush of movement she threw her pack of cigarettes as far as she could and went inside, slamming the window shut behind her.’
    • ‘The ringing of the tardy bell broke the strain and she quickly slammed her locker shut.’
    • ‘Nile darted into the bathroom and slammed the door shut behind her.’
    • ‘I slammed the door shut behind me, locked it and leaned against it just in case.’
    bang, close with a bang, shut with a bang, close noisily, shut noisily, close with a crash, shut with a crash, close with force, shut with force, fling shut
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    1. 1.1[no object]Be closed forcefully and loudly.
      ‘she heard a car door slam’
      • ‘A third man attacked Leigh, but the car door slammed and Rob pushed the man off Leigh.’
      • ‘Gabrielle sat up at the sound of the car door being slammed.’
      • ‘The last thing I heard was a door slamming and Trent cursing loudly.’
      • ‘Darien sat up just as the door to his office slammed loudly.’
      • ‘He flung the door open so forcefully it slammed against the bedroom wall.’
      • ‘The door is also slammed in her face and is only opened after repeated requests.’
      • ‘Car doors slammed, and after a few minutes Zak came around the corner.’
      • ‘As Tristan packs up his briefcase and prepares to leave the empty club for the night, he's surprised to hear the sound of a car door slamming outside.’
      • ‘The door slammed and the car screeched off at high speed.’
      • ‘He heard the loud doors to the outside fields open and slam loudly.’
      • ‘After about 20 minutes of driving, the car stopped and she heard doors slamming.’
      • ‘Suddenly, the bell rang and tons of students piled into the halls with lockers opening and slamming loudly.’
      • ‘He moved to go after him when the door suddenly slammed shut.’
      • ‘A car door opened and slammed again and a tall figure rushed towards her.’
      • ‘I cursed quietly as the cupboard slammed loudly back into place.’
      • ‘The silence was broken by a car door slamming, followed by the sound of feet running towards my awkward resting place.’
      • ‘She heard yelling and a car door slamming and screeching off.’
      • ‘I leapt to my feet but the cell door slammed back in my face.’
      • ‘Then the door slammed and the car sped away into the distance.’
      • ‘A car door slammed in the parking lot behind her, but Cameron didn't turn around.’
    2. 1.2[with object and adverbial]Push or put something somewhere with great force.
      ‘Charlie slammed down the phone’
      • ‘Plasma then proceeded to slam Vegito down with a force strong enough to break rocks.’
      • ‘Rudolf slammed his palm hard onto his desk.’
      • ‘With the safety off I repeatedly slammed the butt hard on a concrete floor.’
      • ‘Dracainya was hit by an invisible force that slammed her into the wall behind her, cracking the stone.’
      • ‘The beam hit the front end of the truck with the force of a megaton bomb, slamming Jen against the back of the driver seat.’
      • ‘I forced my way to the bridge and slammed myself down in my chair, booting the start up sequence and the door close alarm.’
      • ‘The force from the explosion slammed Christin against the opposite wall hard.’
      • ‘The thug who Caleb landed on walked up to him and slammed his fist full force into Caleb's stomach.’
      • ‘The force from the blast slammed her into the far side of the narrow aisle.’
      • ‘A great wind slams the two Schlechters against the wall.’
      • ‘Light suddenly beamed out as a door slammed against a wall from below her.’
      • ‘She pushed Shawna out and slammed her hand on the button for the wall, which soon crashed down behind them.’
      • ‘I want to grab the bad guy by the cuffs and slam him face-first onto the hood of my car.’
      • ‘She placed her forehead against the wall, slamming her head harder than she had anticipated and began to sway.’
      • ‘A foot suddenly slammed into her stomach causing Angel to double over.’
      • ‘The force of the spell slammed her against the back wall.’
      • ‘My body was slammed violently onto the cement floor, forcing the air from my lungs.’
      • ‘The loud noise of a door slamming against the wall woke Allison up.’
      • ‘He then slammed his fist into Taico's face and knocked him backwards.’
      • ‘He pushed back slamming her into the wall she was chained to.’
    3. 1.3[no object]Crash into; collide heavily with.
      ‘the car mounted the pavement, slamming into a lamp post’
      • ‘Karen slams into Beltraw knocking him off-balance.’
      • ‘Grunting, he toppled over, slamming into the Skipper and driving him against the bottom of the boat.’
      • ‘Witnesses spoke of hearing a distinctive crash as the train slammed into the car.’
      • ‘He slammed head-first into the killer, sending the man crashing to the floor.’
      • ‘Fenris slammed head first into a tree, and all present heard the crunching sound.’
      • ‘I heard a loud thump as she slammed right into it at full speed.’
      • ‘The small red bolts slammed into the alien ships shields.’
      • ‘Two more chaos bolts slam into the lowering steel shield.’
      • ‘Myrh smirked, but it quickly vanished as pain suddenly slammed into her body.’
      • ‘The missiles slammed into the starboard side of the engineering section.’
    4. 1.4informal [with object and adverbial of direction]Hit (something) with great force in a particular direction.
      ‘he slammed a shot into the net’
      • ‘We were intensely hitting the ball back and forth to each other until she did hit that loopy shot, and I slammed it back at her.’
      • ‘The ball bounced back off the crossbar for Carlton to slam home the rebound.’
      • ‘Cole gets forward supporting his breaking attackers and slams a shot against the bar.’
      • ‘Fortunately for a red-faced Basham, former Shelbourne striker Foran slammed his shot straight at the legs of Alan Fettis.’
      • ‘I slammed the rod back, and met with a force that just turned the rod over, and then over and over.’
      • ‘Williams saved the captain's first effort but Bentley was the quickest to react to slam the rebound into the net.’
      • ‘Andrew Dawson hit the pass of the match with a ball that curled behind the Marske defence but Alcide could only slam his shot straight at Mohan.’
      • ‘Their third came when the ball was dropped at the feet of the opposing striker, who gleefully slammed the ball home.’
      • ‘His first touch was as assured as it needed to be, the final shot even more assured, slamming the ball into a small gap at Miller's near post.’
      • ‘Still, Jack was faster, gun in hand even as she shielded Motoko and took a shot, slamming the flier out the window again with a bullet.’
      • ‘On May 30, 1956, he slammed a pitch that struck the facade overhanging the right field seats.’
    5. 1.5Put (something) into action suddenly or forcefully.
      ‘I slammed on the brakes’
      • ‘They have to slam on the breaks to avoid going through the garage door.’
      • ‘Suddenly, he slams the car into reverse on the muddy road, almost sliding into a ditch.’
      • ‘Near the end of the next block, the SUV slammed to a halt.’
      • ‘Swerving slightly, he immediately slammed on the breaks, the inertia causing me to jackknife forward in my seat.’
      • ‘After school Lilith and Allie were walking home together when a car came around the corner and slammed on the breaks.’
      • ‘He put the car into gear and slammed down on the accelerator, spinning his tires in the soaked gravel.’
      • ‘Both Cooper and I flew forward in our seats as the cart slammed to an abrupt halt.’
      • ‘Then his mouth slammed down on the smile as his right foot slammed down on the brakes.’
      • ‘He screamed at the car, still slamming the brakes, but nothing was happening.’
      • ‘Vincent slammed on the gas and drove around to get onto the street.’
      • ‘He slammed on the accelerator and went way past the speed limit.’
      • ‘Angus was thrown forward as the car slammed to a halt.’
      • ‘I quickly slammed on the gas pedal and sped off.’
      • ‘She hurriedly got in her car, slammed on the gas and speed away.’
      • ‘Lucian slammed on the brake pedal, crashing Rye into the glove compartment.’
      • ‘As if the lights were reading his mind the car slammed on breaks at the next intersection.’
      • ‘Starting the car, he slammed down on the gas, the tires squealing as he pulled out of the parking lot.’
    6. 1.6[no object, with adverbial of direction]Move violently or loudly.
      ‘he slammed out of the room’
      • ‘Aaron tried to take a step, but faltered and slammed back against the wall.’
      • ‘His fist slammed down onto the cold floor next to him.’
      • ‘Suddenly, her heel caught in a pothole and her body slammed to the ground.’
      • ‘His upper body slammed into the damp ground, snapping his head around painfully.’
    7. 1.7North American informal Score points against or gain a victory over (someone) easily.
      ‘the Blue Devils slammed Kansas to win the title’
    8. 1.8
      short for slam-dance
      • ‘The dance slam offered a stage and an audience to any solo or group dance up to five minutes in length.’
  • 2informal Criticize severely.

    ‘the new TV soap was slammed as being cynical and irresponsible’
    • ‘Critics slammed the price of the hardware and the cost of sending and receiving emails.’
    • ‘My first book, Premier Roman, was published when I was 23 and slammed by the critics.’
    • ‘Critics slammed the way games were loaded into the phone and said the screen was too small.’
    • ‘Critics aren't inclined to slam these culturally unique cinematic efforts.’
    • ‘McMillan slams the club for ‘forcing’ him out and treating him like an ‘outcast’.’
    • ‘The critics have slammed the film remorselessly.’
    • ‘Critics have slammed the BBC for even considering the idea of running adverts on its Web site.’
    • ‘Ofcom has been slammed for failing to force mobile phone operators to cut the cost of making calls.’
    • ‘The cancellation of a major display showcasing the three armed forces has been slammed by a Wiltshire MP.’
    • ‘It was initially slammed by critics, but the play really took off during the Vietnam War.’
    • ‘I also loved the way he handled critics who had slammed the show.’
    • ‘The report also slams the U.S. for its poor record on legal migration.’
    • ‘Of course, the animal activists heard about it and slammed him.’
    • ‘His critics have slammed him for exaggerating racial and political issues confronting the city.’
    • ‘Now Hogan knows best again, but this time, he's not slamming anybody.’
    find fault with, censure, denounce, condemn, arraign, attack, lambaste, pillory, disapprove of, carp at, cavil at, rail against, inveigh against, cast aspersions on, pour scorn on, disparage, denigrate, deprecate, malign, vilify, besmirch, run down, give a bad press to
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  • 3(of a telephone company) take over the account of (a telephone customer) without their permission.

    • ‘ComReg also proposes an end to slamming where a customer has been signed over to a new supplier without consent.’
    • ‘This proceeding represents the first joint federal/state effort against a company engaged in slamming.’

noun

  • 1A loud bang caused by the forceful shutting of something such as a door.

    ‘the door closed with a slam’
    • ‘Vincent stepped into the room coolly and kicked the door shut with a slam.’
    • ‘The loud slam of a locker door startled her out of her personal reverie.’
    • ‘He had been at his ‘work’ for a while when he heard the slam of the metal front gates and the crunch of driveway gravel.’
    • ‘He heard the slam of a drawer, and knew the kid had looked at the gun, and he knew the kid wouldn't move it; he wouldn't touch it.’
    • ‘It was at that precise moment that Madison casually strolled in, pulling the heavy barn door shut with a loud slam.’
    • ‘Suddenly a loud slam of the barn door closing broke the silence and caused Matt to jump and let go of his knees.’
    • ‘The door shut with an echoing slam, so loud in the unusual silence.’
    • ‘She pleads and I climb out of the car, closing the door with a loud slam.’
    • ‘Bengt heard a loud crack, a slam and the sound of many feet and a struggle.’
    • ‘Suddenly, a loud slam of the door made both of them sit up, startled.’
    • ‘I was debating whether or not to take a closer look when I heard the slam of a phone, and I jumped in surprise.’
    • ‘With a loud slam, the door was tightly shut, and darkness once again returned to the room.’
    • ‘Chase and Jeff closed their mouths as the slam of a laptop was heard.’
    • ‘There was a really loud, nasty door slam and I winced at the sound.’
    • ‘Suddenly a white light came from behind her and moved in front of her to close the door in a loud slam.’
    • ‘Then, the spell was broken by a loud slam of the front door behind them.’
    • ‘A loud slam of the kitchen door greeted their ears a few moments later.’
  • 2North American informal Prison.

    ‘if he challenged the judge, he was definitely going to the slam’
    • ‘Another postseason with no title, and now Rafael Furcal is in the slam.’
    • ‘It could be fear, fear of the slam, and then that dictates to them what they should do.’
  • 3US A poetry contest in which competitors recite their entries and are judged by members of the audience, the winner being elected after several elimination rounds.

    ‘a poetry slam’
    ‘slams will be spreading out to suburban poetry clubs’
    • ‘When Toronto poetry heads talk slam, Dwayne Morgan's name is bound to come up.’
    • ‘Performing is fun, but personally, I don't really care about the competition aspect of slam poetry.’
    • ‘There's also a slam poetry event on the 14th where the winner gets 50 bucks and a slot in that night's gala.’
    • ‘Patricia Smith went on to win the first national slam championship in San Francisco in 1990.’
    • ‘In slam poetry speed is valued over slowness, as humor and attack are valued over emotion and thought.’
    • ‘To top that off, I have lots of fancy words I got from my slam poetry friends to use on you.’
    • ‘His prose can be scanned like poetry or, better, performed as a song or slam before a microphone.’
    • ‘Does anyone recite poetry anymore, except at public readings and slams?’
    • ‘The exciting, underground art form of slam, merging hip-hop, poetry and stand-up is growing in popularity across the UK.’
    • ‘The best of Vancouver's slam poets competed against one another for the honour of being Slam Champion.’
    • ‘Poetry slams consist of live performance-sometimes from a text, more often from memory.’
    • ‘The notion of a slam is to return poetry to the people by transforming it into an interactive art form.’
    • ‘Even the slam poetry community on which the documentary is based rose up to lend a hand to SlamChannel.’
    • ‘Occasionally there would be slam poetry nights and local bands would play on weekends.’
    • ‘It exposed me to more people doing poetry, spoken word and slams across the country.’
    • ‘Much like the poetry one hears at slams, the quality and content of the discussion was both passionate and diverse.’
    • ‘The political side of slam is the focus for ongoing discussion and debate.’
  • 4Bridge
    A grand slam (all thirteen tricks) or small slam (twelve tricks), for which bonus points are scored if bid and made.

    • ‘In the very first board of the final, she scored a ‘white slam century’ - all coins polished off in a single take.’
    • ‘The special combinations that beat twos are called slams.’
    1. 4.1(especially in tennis) any of the individual championships that together comprise a Grand Slam.
      ‘a stellar 12 months saw her win two slams and two Olympic gold medals, and retain the number one ranking’
      • ‘He'd gone nearly two and a half years without a slam title until he mastered Augusta for a second time in April.’
      • ‘It took him the longest to win a slam event, but since he got started he has shown no sign of stopping.’
      • ‘To win his first Slam at Wimbledon, the most prestigious one, the most traditional one, the oldest one, is something that I don't think even he could have imagined.’
      • ‘The Belarusian will surely win another slam this season, with her prospects of knocking Williams off one of her perches at Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows looking good.’
      • ‘He will enter next week's Australian Open as one of the favourites, alongside holder Novak Djokovic, after winning his first Slam at last year's US Open.’
      • ‘Federer has now won three slams from three finals.’
      • ‘Federer, by winning his second slam title at the Australian Open, cruised past the American and has stayed there since.’
      • ‘Nadal and Federer have both been eliminated from the Australian Open, and if Murray is ever going to win a slam, the door is open to him here.’

Origin

Early 17th century: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Old Norse slam(b)ra.

Pronunciation:

slam

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