AskDefine | Define logjam

Dictionary Definition



1 any stoppage attributable to unusual activity; "the legislation ran into a logjam"
2 an immovable mass of logs blocking a river

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From log + jam.


  1. A clog or such jam or mess that halts or greatly delays progress.
    Efforts to amend the law got sidetracked in an administrative logjam.
    A step forward for the minimum wage increase this afternoon, as the Senate cleared the logjam of the Republican filibuster.
  2. In the context of "lumber industry": An excess of logs being conveyed on a river, so that their motion halts.


An excess of logs being conveyed on a river
  • Spanish: aglomeración de troncos atascados en un río, lío de troncos flotante que causa obstrucción
A clog; any jam or mess that halts or greatly delays progress

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