To slam is to close something forcefully and loudly, like when you slam your door angrily, or slam the freezer door quickly so your sister won't see the ice cream sandwiches you bought.

If you slam your finger in the door, it's going to hurt. And, if you slam your backpack onto the table, you may damage your laptop. The word slam implies violence and force. As a noun, a slam is the action or sound of slamming something. There's also a "poetry slam," when poets compete by reciting their work in front of an audience, and slam-dancing, also known as moshing, in which dancers slam into each other.

Definitions of slam
  1. verb
    close violently
    “He slammed the door shut”
    synonyms: bang
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    type of:
    close, shut
    move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut
  2. verb
    throw violently
    “He slammed the book on the table”
    synonyms: flap down
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    type of:
    propel through the air
  3. verb
    strike violently
    slam the ball”
    synonyms: bang
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    type of:
    deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
  4. verb
    dance the slam dance
    synonyms: mosh, slam dance, thrash
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    type of:
    dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
    move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance
  5. noun
    a forceful impact that makes a loud noise
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    the striking of one body against another
  6. noun
    the noise made by the forceful impact of two objects
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    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  7. noun
    an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect
    synonyms: barb, dig, gibe, jibe, shaft, shot
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    cheap shot
    an unnecessarily aggressive and unfair remark directed at a defenseless person
    type of:
    comment, input, remark
    a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information
  8. noun
    winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge
    synonyms: sweep
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    grand slam
    winning all of the tricks in a hand of bridge
    little slam, small slam
    winning all but one of the tricks in a hand of bridge
    type of:
    triumph, victory
    a successful ending of a struggle or contest
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