- The definition of a jar is a harsh sound, a jolt or a quarrel, or a container made of stone, glass, etc.
- An example of a jar is a surprise attack.
- An example of a jar is a container for baby food.
- Jar is defined as to shock, shake, vibrate or quarrel.
An example of jar is to jump out from behind a door and surprise someone.
Baby food in jars.
jar definition by Webster's New World
- to make a harsh sound or a discord; grate
- to have a harsh, irritating effect (on one)
- to shake or vibrate from a sudden impact
- to clash, disagree, or quarrel sharply
Origin: ultimately echoic
- to make vibrate or shake by sudden impact
- to cause to give a harsh or discordant sound
- to jolt or shock
- a harsh, grating sound; discord
- a vibration due to a sudden impact
- a jolt or shock
- a sharp clash, disagreement, or quarrel
- a container made of glass, stone, earthenware, etc., usually cylindrical, with a large opening and no spout: some jars have handles
- as much as a jar will holdalso jarful
Origin: Middle English jarre ; from French jarre ; from Old ProvenÃ§al or Spanish jarra ; from Arabic jarrah, earthen water container
Origin: see ajar
jar definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A cylindrical glass or earthenware vessel with a wide mouth and usually no handles.
- The amount that a jar can hold.
- Chiefly British A glass of beer.
Origin: Middle English jarre, a liquid measure, from Old French (from Provençal jarra) and from Medieval Latin jarra, both from Arabic jarra, earthen jar, from jarra, to draw, pull; see grr in Semitic roots.
- jarˈfulˌ noun
verb jarred jarred, jar·ring, jars verb, intransitive
- To make or utter a harsh sound.
- To be disturbing or irritating; grate: The incessant talking jarred on my nerves.
- To shake or shiver from impact.
- To clash or conflict: “We ourselves . . . often jar with the landscape” (Isak Dinesen).
- To bump or cause to move or shake from impact.
- To startle or unsettle; shock.
- A jolt; a shock. See Synonyms at collision.
- Harsh or grating sound; discord.
Origin: Perhaps of imitative origin.
- jarˈring·ly adverb
jar - Computer Definition
(1) (Java ARchive) A file format that contains multiple files and is used to distribute a complete Java application. It contains all the resources required (classes, images, sounds, etc.) to download and run a Java program via a single HTTP request for one file. JAR files use the ZIP format and are the basis for WAR files. See WAR and EAR.
(2) A compression program for backup archiving from ARJ Software, Inc., Norwood, MA (www.arjsoftware.com). JAR is similar to ARJ, but files are not compatible. See ARJ.