jet

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noun (1)

1
a
: an airplane powered by one or more jet engines
2
: a long narrow current of high-speed winds (such as a jet stream)
3
a(1)
: a usually forceful stream of fluid (such as water or gas) discharged from a narrow opening or a nozzle
(2)
: a narrow stream of material (such as plasma) emanating or appearing to emanate from a celestial object (such as a radio galaxy)
b
: a nozzle for a jet of fluid
4
: something issuing as if in a jet
talk poured from her in a brilliant jetTime
jetlike adjective

jet

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verb (1)

jetted; jetting

intransitive verb

1
: to travel by jet airplane
2
: to move or progress by or as if by jet propulsion

jet

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verb (2)

jetted; jetting

intransitive verb

: to spout forth : gush

transitive verb

: to emit in a stream : spout

jet

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noun (2)

1
: an intense black
2
: a compact velvet-black coal that takes a good polish and is often used for jewelry

jet

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adjective

: of the color jet

Examples of jet in a Sentence

Noun (1) bought a new showerhead that emits a superpowerful jet of water Verb (2) water jetting out of opened fire hydrants at a dangerously high rate the volcano has been jetting out fiery lava in life-threatening amounts the presidential candidates jetted through the state for a week before racing off to the next primary
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Local hotel rates reportedly soared as the thousands of guests prepared to jet to Mumbai, a financial hub that serves as India’s commercial capital. Oscar Holland, CNN, 12 July 2024 Jenn shared they're set to jet off to Melbourne, Australia soon after the rose ceremony. EW.com, 11 July 2024 But, in his final start before jetting off to Arlington, Texas, for the 94th midsummer classic, Webb provided a reason to think back to 2019. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 10 July 2024 Lammy has apparently undone that potential diplomatic tension by jetting out to the U.S. and meeting with Trump officials, Menon said. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 8 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for jet 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb (2)

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

Noun (2)

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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 3a(1)

Verb (1)

1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1692, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jet was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Jet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jet. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

jet

1 of 4 noun
1
: a compact black coal that takes a good polish and is often used for jewelry
2
: a very dark black

jet

2 of 4 verb
jetted; jetting

jet

3 of 4 noun
1
a
: a forceful rush of liquid, gas, or vapor especially through a narrow opening or a nozzle
b
: a nozzle for a jet of fluid (as gas or water)
2

jet

4 of 4 verb
jetted; jetting
: to travel by jet airplane
Etymology

Noun

Middle English jet "black mineral," from early French jaiet (same meaning), derived from Greek gagatēs (same meaning), from Gagas, a town and river in Asia Minor

Verb

from early French jeter, literally "to throw," from Latin jactare "to throw"

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