jetty

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noun

jet·​ty ˈje-tē How to pronounce jetty (audio)
plural jetties
1
a
: a structure extended into a sea, lake, or river to influence the current or tide or to protect a harbor
b
: a protecting frame of a pier
2
: a landing wharf

jetty

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verb

jettied; jettying

jetty

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adjective

: deep black in color : jet-black

Examples of jetty in a Sentence

Noun didn't see any passengers waiting for the ferry, so the captain sailed past the jetty
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The trailer for Billy & Molly: An Otter Love Story sees Bill Mail and his wife, Susan, rescuing a starving wild otter that swims onto their jetty in remote Scotland. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Apr. 2024 Over time the Army Corps of Engineers built jetties and other features that captured sediment and dramatically expanded the island’s size. Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2024 Makeshift jetties and floating piers would operate subject to weather and would require maintenance. Manuel Canales, Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2024 The team solved the problem by creating inflatable jetties, filled with air and water, that formed a walkway around the building and lifted it back up. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 McDonald claimed that an umbrella from Swift's security was shoved in his face to prevent photographs from being taken while the group was heading down the jetty into a vehicle. Ilana Kaplan, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024 Another highlight of this exceptional property is the 130-foot jetty that stretches into the ocean and serves as a departure point for boat and yacht tours. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 18 Mar. 2024 The aid is being delivered as work continues on a jetty along the coast. NBC News, 15 Mar. 2024 As Andrés addressed senators Thursday morning, the jetty’s construction was still underway. Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2024
Verb
Oregon beaches are now open daily from the Columbia River north jetty to the Siuslaw River. oregonlive, 29 Feb. 2020 The two were walking on the Del Mar jetty around 9:25 a.m. when a large wave broke over the jetty and sent both women tumbling down the rocks and into the water, said Oceanside lifeguard Sgt. Karen Kucher, sandiegouniontribune.com, 8 Oct. 2017
Adjective
Through mid-September, city officials had issued 29 such citations near the unofficial river jetty dog beach — putting them on pace to write about 40 by the end of the year. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, 12 Sep. 2019 Boats can resume entering or exiting Huntington Harbour now that the Coast Guard has finished replacing a jetty navigation light in Anaheim Bay. Priscella Vega, latimes.com, 18 Apr. 2018 And they, along with state and federal lawmakers, pushed for the dredging and jetty project. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, 8 July 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English getee, jette, from Anglo-French geté, getee, from past participle of geter, jeter to throw — more at jet

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1598, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1586, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jetty was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Jetty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jetty. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

jetty

noun
jet·​ty
ˈjet-ē
plural jetties
1
: a pier built out into the water to influence the current or protect a harbor
2
: a landing wharf

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