jetsam

noun
jet·​sam | \ ˈjet-səm How to pronounce jetsam (audio) \

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

Examples of jetsam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Everything was saved by default, so all the flotsam and jetsam of daily work was captured in a sort of running ledger. Ellen Cushing, The Atlantic, 12 Oct. 2021 What makes her achievements even more remarkable is that Ms. Byrd could all too easily have ended up as a piece of inner-city jetsam. Terry Teachout, WSJ, 22 July 2021 Perfumers rely on jetsam ambergris that washes ashore; these little fatty blobs are worth thousands of dollars. Kate Sullivan, refinery29.com, 20 Mar. 2020 Maine has its share of hoarders, and one of the joys of traveling the state is to browse the flotsam and jetsam of human enterprise without feeling the pull to bring (almost) any of it into your own home. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, 27 June 2019 An environmental envoi, perhaps, with Buzz washed up on a beach alongside other jetsam, or clogging the gullet of a whale? Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 21 June 2019 Eighteen days after closing the deal, Coolen learned the Raptors had acquired Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green from the San Antonio Spurs for DeMar DeRozan and assorted flotsam and jetsam. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, 7 June 2019 Alexander Dodge’s set, a jaunty playground of flotsam and jetsam, is strewn with cinema seats in a production that revels in the open theatricality of the play. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, 26 June 2018 But even the films that, at the time, were written off as flotsam and jetsam . . Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of jetsam

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jetsam

alteration of jettison

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16 Oct 2021

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“Jetsam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jetsam. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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jetsam

noun

English Language Learners Definition of jetsam

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

jetsam

noun
jet·​sam | \ ˈjet-səm How to pronounce jetsam (audio) \

Kids Definition of jetsam

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

jetsam

noun
jet·​sam | \ ˈjet-səm How to pronounce jetsam (audio) \

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

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