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jettison

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noun jet·ti·son \ˈje-tə-sən, -zən\

Definition of jettison

  1. :  a voluntary sacrifice of cargo to lighten a ship's load in time of distress



Examples of jettison

  1. <with his ship rapidly sinking, the captain ordered a last-ditch jettison of much of its cargo>



Origin of jettison

Middle English jetteson, from Anglo-French geteson, literally, action of throwing, from Latin jactation-, jactatio, from jactare — more at jet


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Nautical Terms


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jettison

verb jet·ti·son

Simple Definition of jettison

  • : to drop (something) from a moving ship, airplane, etc.

  • : to get rid of (something) : to reject (something, such as a plan or idea)

Full Definition of jettison

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make jettison of

  3. 2 :  to get rid of as superfluous or encumbering :  omit or forgo as part of a plan or as the result of some other decision <must be prepared to jettison many romantic notions — Christopher Catling>

  4. 3 :  to drop from an aircraft or spacecraft in flight

jet·ti·son·able play \-sə-nə-bəl, -zə-\ adjective

Examples of jettison

  1. The captain gave orders to jettison the cargo.

  2. They jettisoned the fuel and made an emergency landing.

  3. We should jettison these old computers and get new ones.

  4. They jettisoned plans for a vacation.



1848

First Known Use of jettison

1848

Other Nautical Terms



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