Jamb vs. Reveal

By Jaxson

  • Jamb

    A jamb (from French jambe, “leg”), in architecture, is the side-post or lining of a doorway or other aperture. The jambs of a window outside the frame are called “reveals.” Small shafts to doors and windows with caps and bases are known as “jamb-shafts”; when in the inside arris of the jamb of a window they are sometimes called “scoinsons.”

    A doorjamb, door jamb (also sometimes doorpost) is the vertical portion of the door frame onto which a door is secured. The jamb bears the weight of the door through its hinges, and most types of door latches and deadbolts extend into a recess in the doorjamb when engaged, making the accuracy of the plumb (i.e. true vertical) and strength of the doorjambs vitally important to the overall operational durability and security of the door.The word “jamb” is also used to describe a wing of a building, perhaps just in Scottish architecture. John Adam added a ‘jamb’ to the old Leith Customs house in the Citadel of Leith in 1754-1755.

  • Jamb (noun)

    Either of the vertical components that form the side of an opening in a wall, such as that of a door frame, window frame, or fireplace.

  • Jamb (noun)

    Any thick mass of rock that prevents miners from following the lode or vein.

  • Jamb (verb)

    To fix or attach a jamb to.

  • Reveal (noun)

    The outer side of a window or door frame; the jamb.

  • Reveal (noun)

    A revelation; an uncovering of what was hidden.

    “The comedian had been telling us about his sleep being disturbed by noise. Then came the reveal: he was sleeping on a bed in a department store.”

  • Reveal (noun)

    The side of an opening for a window, doorway, or the like, between the door frame or window frame and the outer surface of the wall; or, where the opening is not filled with a door, etc., the whole thickness of the wall; the jamb.

  • Reveal (verb)

    To uncover; to show and display that which was hidden.

  • Reveal (verb)

    To communicate that which could not be known or discovered without divine or supernatural instruction.


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