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[jey-toh] /ˈdʒeɪ toʊ/
noun, plural jatos.
a jet-assisted takeoff, especially one using auxiliary rocket motors that are jettisoned at the completion of the takeoff.
Origin of jato
1940-45; Amer.; j(et) a(ssisted) t(ake)o(ff) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • After the jato thrust, it was traveling nearly 3,400 miles per hour.

    Space Tug Murray Leinster
  • Every jato in every pushpot about every launching cage fired at once.

    Space Tug Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for jato


noun (pl) -tos
(aeronautics) jet-assisted takeoff
Word Origin
C20 j(et-)a(ssisted) t(ake)o(ff)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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