see also: SLAM
  • (British) IPA: /slæm/

slam (slams, present participle slamming; past and past participle slammed)

  1. (transitive, ergative) To shut with sudden force so as to produce a shock and noise.
    Don't slam the door!
  2. (transitive, ergative) To put in or on a particular place with force and loud noise. (Often followed by a preposition such as down, against or into.)
    Don't slam that trunk down on the pavement!
  3. (transitive) To strike forcefully with some implement.
  4. (intransitive) To strike against suddenly and heavily.
    The boat slammed into the bank and we were almost thrown into the river.
  5. (transitive, colloquial) To speak badly of; to criticize forcefully.
    Don't ever slam me in front of the boss like that again!
    Union leaders slammed the new proposals.
    Critics slammed the new film, calling it violent and meaningless.
  6. (basketball) To dunk forcefully, to slam dunk.
  7. (intransitive, bridge) To make a slam bid.
  8. (transitive, card games) To defeat (opponents at cards) by winning all the tricks of a deal or a hand.
  9. (transitive, slang) To change providers (e.g. of domain registration or telephone carrier) for a customer without clear (if any) consent.
  10. (transitive) To drink off, to drink quickly.
  11. To compete in a poetry slam.
  12. (transitive, drugs, slang) To inject intravenously; shoot up.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • German: ausschimpfen
  • Russian: разноси́ть
  • Spanish: calumniar, derramar ponzoña


  1. (countable) A sudden impact or blow.
    • 1981, Shel Silverstein, “How Many, How Much”, A Light in the Attic, Harper & Row:
      How many slams in an old screen door? / Depends how loud you shut it.
  2. (countable) The shock and noise produced by violently closing a door or other object.
    • The slam and the scowl were lost upon Sam.
  3. (countable, basketball) A slam dunk.
  4. (countable, colloquial, US) An insult.
    I don't mean this as a slam, but you can be really impatient sometimes.
  5. (uncountable) The yellow iron silicate produced in alum works as a waste product.
  6. A poetry slam.
  7. A slambook.
    • 2017, Mark Duffett, Fan Identities and Practices in Context: Dedicated to Music (page 194)
      Regular friendship books had a variety of variations, such as slams, crams, and decos.
  8. (UK, dialect) The refuse of alum works.
  9. (music genre) A subgenre of death metal with elements of hardcore punk focusing on midtempo rhythms, breakdowns and palm-muted riffs
  • Russian: хлопание
  • Russian: оскорбление


  1. (uncountable, obsolete) A type of card game, also called ruff and honours.
  2. A card game, played all at once without separate turns, in which players attempt to get rid of their cards as quickly as possible according to certain rules.
    Synonyms: spit
  3. (countable, cards) Losing or winning all the tricks in a game.
  4. (countable, bridge) A bid of six (small slam) or seven (grand slam) in a suit or no trump.
  5. (countable, sports) Winning all (or all but one) of the available, major or specified events in a given year or sports season.

slam (slams, present participle slamming; past and past participle slammed)

  1. (transitive, card games) To defeat by winning all the tricks of a deal or a hand.

slam (plural slams)

  1. (obsolete) A shambling fellow.


slam (uncountable)

  1. (computer science) Initialism of w:simultaneous localization and mapping

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