jet lag

noun

Definition of jet lag 

: a condition that is characterized by various psychological and physiological effects (such as fatigue and irritability), occurs following long flight through several time zones, and probably results from disruption of circadian rhythms in the human body

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Other Words from jet lag

jet-lagged \ˈjet-​ˌlagd \ adjective

Examples of jet lag in a Sentence

I had bad jet lag after that last trip overseas.

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Travel-wise, consider those dreaded, uncomfortable overnight flights that send you into a jet lag spiral a thing of the past. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Why an Around-the-World Private Jet Trip is the Only Way to Fly," 17 Aug. 2018 Everything from thermometer calibration to stress, poor sleep, fevers, and jet lag can alter temperature readings. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "“Natural” birth-control app dogged by unwanted pregnancies gets FDA approval," 15 Aug. 2018 James, who flew from Anguilla to LA on Sunday, may now be suffering from both jet lag and déjà vu. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Paul George’s Quick Decision Begs Question: Are LeBron’s Best Recruiting Days Behind Him?," 1 July 2018 Symptoms of jet lag also include irritability, disorientation, nausea, gastrointestinal distress and trouble concentrating. Emily Sohn, Washington Post, "Time-zone changes can leave people worried about jet lag," 7 July 2018 The airline just completed its first test of the cutting-edge Airbus A350-900ULR, a new variant of the jet lag–busting A350 that can fly up to 11,160 miles—20 hours!—without refueling. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "We're One Step Closer to a New World's Longest Flight," 25 Apr. 2018 Researchers warn against some of the most common pharmaceutical strategies for jet lag. Emily Sohn, Washington Post, "Time-zone changes can leave people worried about jet lag," 7 July 2018 Having a very late chronotype is like living in a constant state of jet lag, which takes a toll on the body. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Why being a night owl may lead to earlier death," 27 Apr. 2018 This is an excellent way to get to Sydney without having to spend half your trip with debilitating jet lag. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: Half Off Business Class to Sydney," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of jet lag

1965, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of jet lag was in 1965

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jet lag

noun

English Language Learners Definition of jet lag

: a tired and unpleasant feeling that you sometimes get when you travel by airplane to a place that is far away

jet lag

noun
\ˈjet-ˌlag \

Medical Definition of jet lag 

: a condition that is characterized by various psychological and physiological effects (as fatigue and irritability), occurs following long flight through several time zones, and probably results from disruption of circadian rhythms in the human body

called also jet fatigue

Other Words from jet lag

jet-lagged adjective

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