Definition of slam in English:

slam

verb

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

    ‘he slams the door behind him as he leaves’
    • ‘Nile darted into the bathroom and slammed the door shut behind her.’
    • ‘Running to her dorm she slams the door shut behind her.’
    • ‘Kenny got up and stormed out of the hall, slamming the door loudly behind him.’
    • ‘I slam the door shut behind me, storming down the stairwell in tears.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I slammed the door shut behind me, locked it and leaned against it just in case.’
    • ‘He pulled me into his bedroom, slamming the door shut behind the two of us.’
    • ‘My mother slammed her locker very hard and walked out of the locker room.’
    • ‘He slammed the door shut behind him and collapsed against it, closing his eyes and gulping air in an effort to quell his anger.’
    • ‘The plane's propeller began to whirl loudly, and Cory slammed the door shut.’
    • ‘He then sat in the driver's seat and slammed his door shut behind him.’
    • ‘As she slammed the door shut behind her, she looked around the street.’
    • ‘Cursing again, I slammed the water shut and stepped outside.’
    • ‘I slammed the limo door shut and sped of into the sunset.’
    • ‘The ringing of the tardy bell broke the strain and she quickly slammed her locker shut.’
    • ‘Monsieur Mulot came into the room, slamming the door loudly behind him.’
    • ‘When I finally did open it, I bolted inside and slammed the door shut behind myself.’
    • ‘The minute she slammed the door shut behind her, he came bolting out, diving by her side.’
    • ‘She stomped away into her room, slamming the door loudly behind her.’
    • ‘I glared at him not bothering to dignify that with a response, I walked out into the street slamming the door shut behind me.’
    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’
      • ‘He heard the loud doors to the outside fields open and slam loudly.’
      • ‘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 silence was broken by a car door slamming, followed by the sound of feet running towards my awkward resting place.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then the door slammed and the car sped away into the distance.’
      • ‘I leapt to my feet but the cell door slammed back in my face.’
      • ‘The door is also slammed in her face and is only opened after repeated requests.’
      • ‘I cursed quietly as the cupboard slammed loudly back into place.’
      • ‘The door slammed and the car screeched off at high speed.’
      • ‘He moved to go after him when the door suddenly slammed shut.’
      • ‘After about 20 minutes of driving, the car stopped and she heard doors slamming.’
      • ‘A third man attacked Leigh, but the car door slammed and Rob pushed the man off Leigh.’
      • ‘Car doors slammed, and after a few minutes Zak came around the corner.’
      • ‘A car door slammed in the parking lot behind her, but Cameron didn't turn around.’
      • ‘Suddenly, the bell rang and tons of students piled into the halls with lockers opening and slamming loudly.’
      • ‘A car door opened and slammed again and a tall figure rushed towards her.’
      • ‘Gabrielle sat up at the sound of the car door being slammed.’
      • ‘She heard yelling and a car door slamming and screeching off.’
      • ‘He flung the door open so forcefully it slammed against the bedroom wall.’
    2. 1.2Push or put somewhere with great force.
      ‘Charlie slammed down the phone’
      • ‘The loud noise of a door slamming against the wall woke Allison up.’
      • ‘I want to grab the bad guy by the cuffs and slam him face-first onto the hood of my car.’
      • ‘The force from the blast slammed her into the far side of the narrow aisle.’
      • ‘The force from the explosion slammed Christin against the opposite wall hard.’
      • ‘She placed her forehead against the wall, slamming her head harder than she had anticipated and began to sway.’
      • ‘My body was slammed violently onto the cement floor, forcing the air from my lungs.’
      • ‘He then slammed his fist into Taico's face and knocked him backwards.’
      • ‘I forced my way to the bridge and slammed myself down in my chair, booting the start up sequence and the door close alarm.’
      • ‘Light suddenly beamed out as a door slammed against a wall from below her.’
      • ‘The thug who Caleb landed on walked up to him and slammed his fist full force into Caleb's stomach.’
      • ‘She pushed Shawna out and slammed her hand on the button for the wall, which soon crashed down behind them.’
      • ‘A great wind slams the two Schlechters against the wall.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Plasma then proceeded to slam Vegito down with a force strong enough to break rocks.’
      • ‘Rudolf slammed his palm hard onto his desk.’
      • ‘A foot suddenly slammed into her stomach causing Angel to double over.’
      • ‘He pushed back slamming her into the wall she was chained to.’
      • ‘Dracainya was hit by an invisible force that slammed her into the wall behind her, cracking the stone.’
      • ‘The force of the spell slammed her against the back wall.’
      • ‘With the safety off I repeatedly slammed the butt hard on a concrete floor.’
    3. 1.3[no object]Crash into; collide heavily with.
      ‘the car mounted the sidewalk, slamming into a lamppost’
      • ‘Karen slams into Beltraw knocking him off-balance.’
      • ‘He slammed head-first into the killer, sending the man crashing to the floor.’
      • ‘The small red bolts slammed into the alien ships shields.’
      • ‘Grunting, he toppled over, slamming into the Skipper and driving him against the bottom of the boat.’
      • ‘I heard a loud thump as she slammed right into it at full speed.’
      • ‘Witnesses spoke of hearing a distinctive crash as the train slammed into the car.’
      • ‘Myrh smirked, but it quickly vanished as pain suddenly slammed into her body.’
      • ‘Fenris slammed head first into a tree, and all present heard the crunching sound.’
      • ‘Two more chaos bolts slam into the lowering steel shield.’
      • ‘The missiles slammed into the starboard side of the engineering section.’
    4. 1.4informal Hit (something) with great force in a particular direction.
      ‘he slammed a shot into the net’
      • ‘Their third came when the ball was dropped at the feet of the opposing striker, who gleefully slammed the ball home.’
      • ‘I slammed the rod back, and met with a force that just turned the rod over, and then over and over.’
      • ‘The ball bounced back off the crossbar for Carlton to slam home the rebound.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Williams saved the captain's first effort but Bentley was the quickest to react to slam the rebound into the net.’
      • ‘Cole gets forward supporting his breaking attackers and slams a shot against the bar.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fortunately for a red-faced Basham, former Shelbourne striker Foran slammed his shot straight at the legs of Alan Fettis.’
      • ‘On May 30, 1956, he slammed a pitch that struck the facade overhanging the right field seats.’
      • ‘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.’
    5. 1.5Put (something) into action suddenly or forcefully.
      ‘I slammed on the brakes’
      • ‘He slammed on the accelerator and went way past the speed limit.’
      • ‘Vincent slammed on the gas and drove around to get onto the street.’
      • ‘Starting the car, he slammed down on the gas, the tires squealing as he pulled out of the parking lot.’
      • ‘She hurriedly got in her car, slammed on the gas and speed away.’
      • ‘He screamed at the car, still slamming the brakes, but nothing was happening.’
      • ‘After school Lilith and Allie were walking home together when a car came around the corner and slammed on the breaks.’
      • ‘I quickly slammed on the gas pedal and sped off.’
      • ‘Lucian slammed on the brake pedal, crashing Rye into the glove compartment.’
      • ‘Near the end of the next block, the SUV slammed to a halt.’
      • ‘Angus was thrown forward as the car slammed to a halt.’
      • ‘He put the car into gear and slammed down on the accelerator, spinning his tires in the soaked gravel.’
      • ‘As if the lights were reading his mind the car slammed on breaks at the next intersection.’
      • ‘They have to slam on the breaks to avoid going through the garage door.’
      • ‘Then his mouth slammed down on the smile as his right foot slammed down on the brakes.’
      • ‘Both Cooper and I flew forward in our seats as the cart slammed to an abrupt halt.’
      • ‘Suddenly, he slams the car into reverse on the muddy road, almost sliding into a ditch.’
      • ‘Swerving slightly, he immediately slammed on the breaks, the inertia causing me to jackknife forward in my seat.’
    6. 1.6[no object]Move violently or loudly.
      ‘he slammed out of the room’
      • ‘Suddenly, her heel caught in a pothole and her body slammed to the ground.’
      • ‘Aaron tried to take a step, but faltered and slammed back against the wall.’
      • ‘His upper body slammed into the damp ground, snapping his head around painfully.’
      • ‘His fist slammed down onto the cold floor next to him.’
    7. 1.7informal Criticize severely.
      ‘his efforts to slam the president destroyed his own campaign’
      • ‘I also loved the way he handled critics who had slammed the show.’
      • ‘Critics aren't inclined to slam these culturally unique cinematic efforts.’
      • ‘The critics have slammed the film remorselessly.’
      • ‘My first book, Premier Roman, was published when I was 23 and slammed by the critics.’
      • ‘Now Hogan knows best again, but this time, he's not slamming anybody.’
      • ‘Ofcom has been slammed for failing to force mobile phone operators to cut the cost of making calls.’
      • ‘It was initially slammed by critics, but the play really took off during the Vietnam War.’
      • ‘Critics slammed the way games were loaded into the phone and said the screen was too small.’
      • ‘Of course, the animal activists heard about it and slammed him.’
      • ‘Critics slammed the price of the hardware and the cost of sending and receiving emails.’
      • ‘McMillan slams the club for ‘forcing’ him out and treating him like an ‘outcast’.’
      • ‘His critics have slammed him for exaggerating racial and political issues confronting the city.’
      • ‘The report also slams the U.S. for its poor record on legal migration.’
      • ‘Critics have slammed the BBC for even considering the idea of running adverts on its Web site.’
      • ‘The cancellation of a major display showcasing the three armed forces has been slammed by a Wiltshire MP.’
    8. 1.8North American informal Score points against or gain a victory over (someone) easily.
      ‘the Blue Devils slammed Kansas to win the title’
    9. 1.9(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

  • 1[usually in singular] A loud bang caused by the forceful shutting of something such as a door.

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

    • ‘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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The exciting, underground art form of slam, merging hip-hop, poetry and stand-up is growing in popularity across the UK.’
    • ‘Performing is fun, but personally, I don't really care about the competition aspect of slam poetry.’
    • ‘Occasionally there would be slam poetry nights and local bands would play on weekends.’
    • ‘The political side of slam is the focus for ongoing discussion and debate.’
    • ‘Much like the poetry one hears at slams, the quality and content of the discussion was both passionate and diverse.’
    • ‘In slam poetry speed is valued over slowness, as humor and attack are valued over emotion and thought.’
    • ‘His prose can be scanned like poetry or, better, performed as a song or slam before a microphone.’
    • ‘The best of Vancouver's slam poets competed against one another for the honour of being Slam Champion.’
    • ‘To top that off, I have lots of fancy words I got from my slam poetry friends to use on you.’
    • ‘Does anyone recite poetry anymore, except at public readings and slams?’
    • ‘Poetry slams consist of live performance-sometimes from a text, more often from memory.’
    • ‘Patricia Smith went on to win the first national slam championship in San Francisco in 1990.’
    • ‘When Toronto poetry heads talk slam, Dwayne Morgan's name is bound to come up.’
    • ‘There's also a slam poetry event on the 14th where the winner gets 50 bucks and a slot in that night's gala.’
    • ‘It exposed me to more people doing poetry, spoken word and slams across the country.’
  • 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’
      • ‘Federer has now won three slams from three finals.’
      • ‘He'd gone nearly two and a half years without a slam title until he mastered Augusta for a second time in April.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It took him the longest to win a slam event, but since he got started he has shown no sign of stopping.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Federer, by winning his second slam title at the Australian Open, cruised past the American and has stayed there since.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

slam

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