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Jar (noun)

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Jar n.s. [from the verb.]

  1. A kind of rattling vibration of sound.

    In r, the tongue is held stifly at its whole length, by the force of the muscles; so as when the impulse of breath strikes upon the end of the tongue, where it finds passage, it shakes and agitates the whole tongue, whereby the sound is affected with a trembling jar. Holder's Elements of Speech.

  2. Clash; discord; debate.

    He maketh war, he maketh peace again,
    And yet his peace is but continual jar:
    O miserable men, that to him subject are!
    Fairy Queen.

    Nath'less, my brother, since we passed are
    Unto this point, we will appease our jar.
    Hubberd's Tale.

    Force would be right; or rather, right and wrong,
    Between whose endless jar justice presides,
    Would lose their names, and so would justice too.
    Shakesp.

  3. A state in which a door unfastened may strike the post; half opened.

    The chaffering with dissenters, and dodging about this or t'other ceremony, is but like opening a few wickets, and leaving them a jar, by which no more than one can get in at a time. Swift.

  4. [Giarro, Italian.] An earthen vessel.

    About the upper part of the jar there appeared a good number of bubbles. Boyle.

    He mead for cooling drink prepares,
    Of virgin honey in the jars.
    Dryden.

                Warriors welter on the ground,
    Whilst empty jars the dire defeat resound.
    Garth.

Sources: Boyle, Robert (84) · Dryden, John (788) · Garth, Samuel (17) · Holder, William (38) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida (36)

Attributes: Italian (29) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Jar (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: August 3, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=3665.


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