browse search

Dictionary Suite
A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z
jumping-off place an isolated or remote area, considered as the edge of civilization. [2 definitions]
jump on the bandwagon to join a party, cause, or movement because it is popular and seems assured of success, especially during an election.
jump rope a length of rope held at each end and swung under the feet and over the head as one jumps, for exercise or as a game.
jump seat a small folding seat in an automobile or airplane.
jump shot in basketball, a shot made by a player at the highest point of a jump.
jump-start to start (a motor vehicle) either by rolling or pushing (it) with the ignition on and suddenly releasing the clutch, or by connecting the dead battery to a live battery with jumper cables. [2 definitions]
jump suit a one-piece garment worn by parachutists. [2 definitions]
jump the gun to start some action too soon; act prematurely.
jumpy nervous or edgy, as with fear or anxiety. [2 definitions]
jun the smaller monetary unit of North Korea; chon. (Cf. won.)
junco any of a variety of small North American finches having gray and white plumage; snowbird.
junction a point or place where things are joined together. [5 definitions]
juncture a particular point in time, esp. a point of serious importance or crisis. [3 definitions]
June the sixth month of the Gregorian calendar year, having thirty days.
Juneau the capital of Alaska.
juneberry an American shrub or tree of the rose family, bearing white flowers and purplish fruit. [2 definitions]
June bug any of several large brown or iridescent green beetles of the eastern United States which appear in late spring and early summer.
Juneteenth the anniversary and celebration of the day, June 19, 1865, on which the abolition of slavery in the Confederate states was announced in Texas by Union Army forces. Before this date, slaves in Texas, part of the Confederacy, had no way of knowing that they had been freed on January 1, 1863 by the Emancipation Proclamation; thus, June 19th, now a Federal holiday, is celebrated each year in commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Technically, all slaves became free in the United States upon the adoption of the 13th Amendment at the end of 1865. The amendment abolished slavery everywhere, including in those slave-owning states that had not joined the Confederacy.
jungle land covered with very dense natural vegetation, esp. a tropical rain forest. [4 definitions]
jungle fever any of several tropical diseases, esp. a severe variety of malarial fever.
jungle fowl any of several tropical birds with combs and wattles, related to the domestic chicken.