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jet

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noun \ˈjet\

Definition of jet

  1. 1 :  a compact velvet-black coal that takes a good polish and is often used for jewelry

  2. 2 :  an intense black



Origin of jet

Middle English, from Anglo-French jaiet, from Latin gagates, from Greek gagatēs, from Gagas, town and river in Asia Minor


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with jet


2

jet

adjective

Definition of jet

  1. :  of the color jet



1658

First Known Use of jet

1658


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jet

verb

Definition of jet

jettedjetting

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to spout forth :  gush

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to emit in a stream :  spout



Origin of jet

French jeter, literally, to throw, from Old French, from Latin jactare to throw, frequentative of jacere to throw; akin to Greek hienai to send


First Known Use: 1692


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jet

noun

Definition of jet

  1. 1 a (1) :  a usually forceful stream of fluid (as water or gas) discharged from a narrow opening or a nozzle (2) :  a narrow stream of material (as plasma) emanating or appearing to emanate from a celestial object (as a radio galaxy) b :  a nozzle for a jet of fluid

  2. 2 :  something issuing as if in a jet <talk poured from her in a brilliant jetTime>

  3. 3 a :  jet engine b :  an airplane powered by one or more jet engines

  4. 4 :  a long narrow current of high-speed winds (as a jet stream)

jetlike play \-ˌlīk\ adjective


Circa 1696

First Known Use of jet

circa 1696

Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms


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jet

verb

Definition of jet

jettedjetting

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to travel by jet airplane

  3. 2 :  to move or progress by or as if by jet propulsion



1949

First Known Use of jet

1949

Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms



JET Defined for Kids

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jet

play
noun \ˈjet\

Definition of jet for Students

  1. 1 :  a rush of liquid, gas, or vapor through a narrow opening or a nozzle

  2. 2 :  jet airplane

  3. 3 :  a nozzle for a rush of gas or liquid

  4. 4 :  jet engine




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jet

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adjective

Definition of jet for Students

  1. :  of a very dark black color <jet hair>




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jet

play
noun

Definition of jet for Students

  1. 1 :  a black mineral that is often used for jewelry

  2. 2 :  a very dark black




4

jet

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verb

Definition of jet for Students

jettedjetting

  1. :  to come forcefully from a narrow opening <Water jetted from the nozzle.>





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