jetsam

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noun jet·sam \ˈjet-səm\

Definition of jetsam

  1. 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. 2 :  flotsam 2

Origin and Etymology of jetsam

alteration of jettison


First Known Use: 1591

Other Nautical Terms


JETSAM Defined for English Language Learners

jetsam

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noun jet·sam \ˈjet-səm\

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

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


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jetsam

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noun jet·sam \ˈjet-səm\

Legal 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 — compare flotsam


Learn More about jetsam

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of jetsam


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