noun, plural ja·tos.

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)
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Historical Examples of jato

  • 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 plural -tos

aeronautics jet-assisted takeoff

Word Origin for jato

C20 j (et -) a (ssisted) t (ake) o (ff)
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