jetty

noun
jet·​ty | \ ˈje-tē How to pronounce jetty (audio) \
plural jetties

Definition of jetty

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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

verb
jettied; jettying

Definition of jetty (Entry 2 of 3)

jetty

adjective

Definition of jetty (Entry 3 of 3)

: deep black in color : jet-black

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Synonyms for jetty

Synonyms: Noun

dock, float, landing, levee, pier, quai, quay, wharf

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Examples of jetty in a Sentence

Noun

didn't see any passengers waiting for the ferry, so the captain sailed past the jetty

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Cast your line off the jetty for blackfish, flounder, mackerel, and stripers. BostonGlobe.com, "The 20 best beaches to visit in New England," 2 May 2018 That's when engineer James Buchanan Eads came up with a brilliant idea: Erect a series of jetties along the river's banks, essentially narrowing the river. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "Meet the man who tamed the Mississippi -- and saved the port of New Oreans," 1 May 2018 The larger island, called Pulau Subar Laut (Big Sister’s Island), has a jetty which serves as the gateway for visitors, while the smaller Pulau Subar Darat (Small Sister’s Island) is dedicated to marine conservation research. Audrey Phoon, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Singapore," 5 Mar. 2018 Today, however, so many marinas, jetties and breakwaters have been built along the Atlantic coast that the flow of incoming sand has been blocked. Vince Beiser, WSJ, "The Battle for Our Beaches," 19 July 2018 As the Duke and Duchess walked along the jetty together, Meghan could be seen cradling her baby bump, while Harry clasped her other hand tightly. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Cradling Her Baby Bump on Fraser Island Is the Sweetest Thing You'll See All Day," 22 Oct. 2018 Many beaches, jetties, and rocky outcroppings will be covered by deep water. OregonLive.com, "Massive waves pummel Oregon coast, man swept out to sea," 18 Jan. 2018 Arriving on to the jetty, Meghan was in good spirits, and was wearing a chic sun dress for the occasion. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wore an Affordable Polka Dot Dress for Her Pamper Day, But It's Already Sold Out," 22 Oct. 2018 The cathedral was closed Wednesday, and a grassy area by the jetty was cordoned off as police inspected the ground for clues. Fox News, "Thieves steal Swedish royal jewels, escape by speedboat," 1 Aug. 2018

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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, "2 women rescued after swept off jetty by wave," 8 Oct. 2017

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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, "Huntington Harbour reopens after Coast Guard replaces Anaheim Bay navigation light," 18 Apr. 2018 And they, along with state and federal lawmakers, pushed for the dredging and jetty project. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "At Smith Island, a chance to shore up the future," 8 July 2017

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First Known Use of jetty

Noun

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

Verb

1598, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jetty

Noun

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

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

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jetty

noun

English Language Learners Definition of jetty

: a long structure that is built out into water and used as a place to get on, get off, or tie up a boat

jetty

noun
jet·​ty | \ ˈje-tē How to pronounce jetty (audio) \
plural jetties

Kids Definition of jetty

1 : a pier built to change the path of the current or tide or to protect a harbor
2 : a landing wharf

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