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jetsam

noun jet·sam \ˈjet-səm\

: floating objects that are thrown into the water from a ship

Full Definition of JETSAM

1
:  the part of a ship, its equipment, or its cargo that is cast overboard to lighten the load in time of distress and that sinks or is washed ashore
2
:  flotsam 2
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Origin of JETSAM

alteration of jettison
First Known Use: 1591

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay
JETSAM Defined for Kids

jetsam

noun jet·sam \ˈjet-səm\

Definition of JETSAM for Kids

:  goods thrown overboard to lighten a ship in danger of sinking

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