Main definitions of jar in English

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jar1

noun

  • 1A wide-mouthed, cylindrical container made of glass or pottery, especially one used for storing food.

    • ‘Switch to reusing before recycling - glass bottles and jars, cardboard boxes and plastic soft drink bottles all have lots of uses around the home.’
    • ‘If it goes ahead, each household will receive a blue sack for newspapers and magazines and a 55-litre box for glass bottles and jars.’
    • ‘You can preserve your sauce by canning it in sterilized pint jars in a hot water bath for 35 minutes.’
    • ‘You can eat some immediately, but, as with most pickles, this one improves with time, stored in sterilised jars.’
    • ‘3 Spoon the pesto into a screw-topped jar, seal and store in the fridge for up to one week.’
    • ‘You can trace history by finding cod bottles, ceramic beer bottles and jars, numerous items of crockery and even clay pipes.’
    • ‘The courgettes can be grilled in advance and reheated when needed - they keep for up to a week in the fridge, stored in a jar under olive oil.’
    • ‘Transfer the apple sauce to clean pint jars, leaving one-half inch headspace.’
    • ‘Seal the drying salt in an airtight container such as a glass jar or plastic tub.’
    • ‘If you'd prefer to be cautious, use glass jars to store leftovers or wrap foods in wax paper before wrapping them in aluminum.’
    • ‘Dump the seeds into a dry pan, sort by hand and store in airtight glass jars until you're ready to plant or eat them.’
    • ‘The 1,300-year-old skeleton it came from was found in a small garden along with a knife, a belt and some pottery jars that would have contained provisions for the after-life.’
    • ‘Excavations have found imported Mediterranean wine and oil jars and fine red tableware of C5 - C6 date.’
    • ‘The vessels are all small, two-handled pottery jars and lack decoration.’
    • ‘Glass containers such as soda bottles and food jars are easy to recycle because they are free from impurities and have similar melting points.’
    • ‘Check the seasoning, then spoon the paste into a jar and store it in the refrigerator.’
    • ‘Each household will receive a black box to store glass bottles, jars, plastic bottles, cans, foil, aerosols, and textiles.’
    • ‘Similarly, beer and soft drink cans, booze bottles and empty jars can all be recycled.’
    • ‘They are urging residents to bank and not bin their festive food jars and bottles to boost glass recycling.’
    • ‘The limes are quartered, steamed, combined with oil fragrant with aromatic spices, vinegar and salt then stored in airtight jars.’
    earthenware container, glass container, pot, crock, urn, pitcher, jug, flask, decanter, carafe, flagon, ewer, drum, canister
    vessel, container, receptacle, repository
    creamer
    jorum
    reservatory
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    1. 1.1 The contents of a jar.
      ‘jars of mustard’
      • ‘How about if we dip our fingers in a jar of purple ink?’
      • ‘The curry was out of the freezer, but was originally made with chickpeas, some veggies (carrots and stuff) and a jar of organic tikka masala sauce.’
      • ‘I have a jar of spice tea that I made last winter (again, not cooking - just mixing).’
      • ‘She wants ‘that feminine touch,’ while I'm content with a jar of pickles and a Giants game.’
      • ‘In the early days, after meetings in McGuinness's flat on Waterloo Road, the band would reach into a jar of coins their manager kept on his sideboard for their bus fare home.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from French jarre, from Arabic jarra.

Pronunciation:

jar

/jär/

Main definitions of jar in English

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jar2

verb

  • 1[with object] Send a painful or damaging shock through (something, especially a part of the body)

    ‘he jarred his knee in training’
    • ‘I jumped from the tree, jarring my knees with the impact and ran for the stables.’
    • ‘The T & A reported exclusively yesterday that Hoggard had only jarred his knee joints and had not damaged the ligaments or muscles.’
    • ‘She had to force her body to cooperate in every move she tried, and any sudden movement that jarred her aching body was magnified ten times more in her skull.’
    • ‘Every step he took jarred her arm, sending intense pain through her body.’
    • ‘An enormous pair of hands shoved my side jarring my entire body.’
    • ‘He just jarred a knee a bit in that race, and it is nice to know now that he is completely sound.’
    • ‘The recoil jarred his shoulder painfully, but he ignored it as best as he could.’
    • ‘She stumbled on the stairs, tripping and hitting the ground painfully, jarring her arm under her body.’
    • ‘He has jarred his knee on the hard grounds and will be rested for tonight's friendly clash at Scarborough.’
    • ‘Hobson was always doubtful after jarring his knee in last week's friendly with Manchester United while Jones suffered bruised ribs in Tuesday night's game with Middlesbrough.’
    • ‘He pulled out of the Scotland squad for tonight's friendly game against Turkey in Dundee after jarring his knee in training.’
    • ‘However, before it could complete its circuit, his arm was brought to a sudden halt, jarring his entire body.’
    • ‘His thoughts were interrupted by Tobin's hearty laugh, a laugh that jarred him from his stolid stance and sent him reeling with confusion.’
    • ‘The train lurched again and I was slammed against the train side, jarring my body.’
    • ‘Meikoku, who always seemed to have extra assignments, was busy writing an essay while Hoshiko kept jarring his arm, sending the pencil skidding over several centimeters each time.’
    • ‘Do not lean back and do not attempt to ride and run at the same time, this will only jar your body.’
    • ‘They had literally thrown him from the train, despite his protestations, and his whole body had been jarred.’
    • ‘Fox, who jarred his knee and suffered a kick on the ankle, was today having his injury assessed by City physio Jeff Miller.’
    • ‘It was most unlike the soft earth of the oasis, and her first running steps jarred her knees and hurt her bare feet.’
    • ‘Not only will the ball generally finish only a few yards in front of you, hitting the ground behind the ball also jars your body.’
    jolt, jerk, shake, vibrate
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    1. 1.1[no object] Strike against something with an unpleasant vibration or jolt.
      ‘the stick jarred on the bottom of the pond’
      • ‘While the air system is good, it fidgets badly over sharp intrusions like potholes, jarring and jolting the passengers.’
      • ‘The whole room jarred as a sudden jolt reverberated up through the earth.’
      • ‘Rob throttled the giant turbines up, and once again the aircraft was beginning to jolt and jar as it raced ahead faster and faster across the rocky terrain.’
      jolt, jerk, shake, vibrate
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  • 2[no object] Have an unpleasant, annoying, or disturbing effect.

    ‘a laugh that jarred on the ears’
    ‘the difference in their background began to jar’
    • ‘I think total silence would be far too jarring - people wouldn't want to stay in a place where all they can hear is their tinnitus.’
    • ‘The jarring notes of strings by Bernard Herrmann are now in surround sound - not that this makes any real difference.’
    • ‘It jarred with the sweetish tomato sauce I paired it with until added chili flakes to the food.’
    • ‘Thirlwell uses a probing and unique narrative voice which, although jarring at times in its smug omniscience, takes us to the very centre of his characters' anxieties.’
    • ‘It's not a perfect movie as it runs a little too long and the cinematography is jarring at times, but this is a movie with strong believable characters in the lead.’
    • ‘They were dressed with some overtly sweet vinaigrette (I suspect raspberry) that jarred with the savouriness of the crêpes.’
    • ‘Finkelstein applies jarring color notes reminiscent of the beautiful acidity of Bonnard, and he arrives at vibrant passages.’
    • ‘There shouldn't be anything disturbing or jarring in a bedroom, even if you're using the most modern style of design.’
    • ‘The juxtapositions of these images are meant to be jarring, to shake us out of our complacencies about medicalized birthing practices and our growing detachment from natural birth.’
    • ‘First impressions are so important yet at the height of the holiday season in East London there is a blight on the city's Esplanade beachfront that jars and jolts.’
    • ‘His idyllic childhood in Ireland obviously jarred with teenage life in London, but both places are essential to his writing and his nature.’
    • ‘The simple trick of leaving the destruction of bombs to the imagination while focusing on the strange chemistry between the two men is jarring and frightening.’
    grate on, set someone's teeth on edge
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    1. 2.1 Be incongruous in a striking or shocking way.
      ‘the play's symbolism jarred with the realism of its setting’
      • ‘I know it's an odd detail to fixate on, but it just jarred with the rest of the scene.’
      • ‘After the lush greenery of that beautiful country, the starkness of northern Namibia provided a jarring contrast.’
      • ‘However, a jarring note in the musical evening was the frequent use of English by the girl who compèred the programme.’
      • ‘No matter how powerful and commanding your voice, it always sounds weak and feeble after loud music and graphics on a big screen, but the drama that was about to unfold really was a jarring contrast.’
      • ‘As for the Old Vic material, it's in jarring contrast to the steely professional polish that characterised Who's Next.’
      • ‘There were a few jarring notes in the production, though, which stop me from hailing the series as a work of genius.’
      • ‘She gave a history lesson that jarred with many Europeans who heard it, dating the birth of the relationship between Europe and the US to World War II.’
      • ‘Multiculturalism involves the recognition of difference, which jars with the idea of equal treatment to achieve equity.’
      • ‘And because the script has wisely avoided writing them as stereotypically American, there are no jarring notes in the casting mix.’
      • ‘I arranged the leaves on the cushions in order, but that jarred with me, so I added a bit of chaotic stitching.’
      • ‘i think that in a world mediated by commercial image inundation, it is particularly jarring to see visuals that are incongruous with the usual profit motivations.’
      • ‘The only jarring note in all of this is that while Dublin has prospered, the regions have been almost starved.’
      • ‘Aron's outgoing personality jarred with my current mood; it reminded me of a time when I had been as self-assuredly bold as him.’
      • ‘Likewise, editor A. Shreekar Prasad has skillfully interwoven the three plot lines and the film unwinds with great lucidity and no jarring notes.’
      • ‘She was right to ditch the passage since it would have jarred with the spirit of reasoned debate.’
      clashing, conflicting, contrasting, incompatible, incongruous
      discordant, dissonant, inharmonious
      harsh, grating, jangling, strident, shrill, cacophonous
      out of place, unsuitable, inappropriate
      disagreeable, unpleasant, offensive
      clash, conflict, be incompatible, be at variance, be at odds, be inconsistent, be incongruous, be in opposition, be in conflict, disagree, contrast, collide
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noun

  • 1A physical shock or jolt.

    • ‘They tore up two of the rails, taking out the spikes, but leaving the rails in position, as they knew that the jar of the train would be sufficient to throw them out of place.’
    1. 1.1archaic Discord; disagreement.

Origin

Late 15th century (as a noun in the sense disagreement, dispute): probably imitative.

Pronunciation:

jar

/jär/