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jettison

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verb jet·ti·son \ˈje-tə-sən, -zən\

Definition of jettison

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to get rid of as superfluous or encumbering :  omit or forgo as part of a plan or as the result of some other decision must be prepared to jettison many romantic notions — Christopher Catling

  3. 2 :  to drop (cargo) to lighten a ship's load in time of distress

  4. 3 :  to drop from an aircraft or spacecraft in flight

jettisonable

play \ˈje-tə-sə-nə-bəl, -zə-\ adjective

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Examples of jettison in a Sentence

  1. with his ship rapidly sinking, the captain ordered a last-ditch jettison of much of its cargo

Origin and Etymology of jettison

see 2jettison

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jettison

noun jet·ti·son

Definition of jettison

  1. :  a voluntary sacrifice of cargo to lighten a ship's load in time of distress

Examples of jettison in a Sentence

  1. The captain gave orders to jettison the cargo.

  2. They jettisoned the fuel and made an emergency landing.

  3. We should jettison these old computers and get new ones.

  4. They jettisoned plans for a vacation.

Did You Know?

Jettison comes from the Anglo-French noun geteson, meaning "action of throwing," and is ultimately from the Latin verb jactare, meaning "to throw." The noun jettison ("a voluntary sacrifice of cargo to lighten a ship's load in time of distress") entered English in the 15th century; the verb has been with us since the 19th century. The noun is also the source of the word jetsam ("jettisoned goods"), which is often paired with flotsam ("floating wreckage"). These days you don't have to be on a sinking ship to jettison something. In addition to literally "throwing overboard," jettison means simply "to get rid of." You might jettison some old magazines that are cluttering your house, or you might make a plan but jettison it at the last minute.

Origin and Etymology of jettison

Middle English jetteson, from Anglo-French geteson, literally, action of throwing, from Latin jactation-, jactatio, from jactare — more at jet

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JETTISON Defined for English Language Learners

jettison

verb

Definition of jettison for English Language Learners

  • : to drop (something) from a moving ship, airplane, etc.

  • : to get rid of (something) : to reject (something, such as a plan or idea)


JETTISON Defined for Kids

jettison

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verb jet·ti·son \ˈje-tə-sən\

Definition of jettison for Students

jettisoned

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jettisoning

  1. :  to throw out especially from a ship or an airplane Cargo was jettisoned.



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