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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Though the iconic flotsam and jetsam of Panter’s influence bobs up everywhere in the bitstreams, the Picasso of punk himself is not a netsurfer, admits Girardi.
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Origin and Etymology of jetsam
alteration of jettison
First Known Use: 1591See Words from the same year
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Definition of jetsam for English Language Learners
: floating objects that are thrown into the water from a ship
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Definition of jetsam for Students
: goods thrown overboard to lighten a ship in danger of sinking
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