jetsam

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noun jet·sam \ ˈjet-səm \

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 and Etymology of jetsam

alteration of jettison

Other Nautical Terms


JETSAM Defined for English Language Learners

jetsam

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Definition of jetsam for English Language Learners

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


JETSAM Defined for Kids

jetsam

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noun jet·sam \ ˈjet-səm \

Definition of jetsam for Students

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

Law Dictionary

jetsam

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noun jet·sam \ ˈjet-səm \

legal Definition of jetsam

: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 — compare flotsam

Learn More about jetsam

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of jetsam


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