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jet1

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noun
  1. a stream of a liquid, gas, or small solid particles forcefully shooting forth from a nozzle, orifice, etc.
  2. something that issues in such a stream, as water or gas.
  3. a spout or nozzle for emitting liquid or gas: a gas jet.
  4. jet plane.
  5. jet engine.
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verb (used without object), jet·ted, jet·ting.
  1. to travel by jet plane: to jet to Las Vegas for the weekend.
  2. to move or travel by means of jet propulsion: The octopus jetted away from danger.
  3. to be shot forth in a stream.
  4. to move or travel rapidly: The star halfback jetted toward the goal line.
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verb (used with object), jet·ted, jet·ting.
  1. to transport by jet plane: The nonstop service from New York will jet you to Tokyo in 13 hours.
  2. to shoot (something) forth in a stream; spout.
  3. to place (a pile or the like) by eroding the ground beneath it with a jet of water or of water and compressed air.
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or associated with a jet, jet engine, or jet plane: jet pilot; jet exhaust.
  2. in the form of or producing a jet or jet propulsion: jet nozzle.
  3. by means of a jet plane: a jet trip; jet transportation.
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Origin of jet1

1580–90; 1940–45 for def 4; < Middle French jeter to throw < Vulgar Latin *jectāre, alteration of Latin jactāre, equivalent to jac- throw + -t- frequentative suffix + -āre infinitive suffix

jet2

[jet]
noun
  1. a compact black coal, susceptible of a high polish, used for making beads, jewelry, buttons, etc.
  2. a deep black.
  3. Obsolete. black marble.
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adjective
  1. consisting or made of jet.
  2. of the color jet; black as jet.
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Origin of jet2

1350–1400; Middle English jet, get < Old French jaietLatin gagātēs < Greek (líthos) gagā́tēs Gagatic (stone), named after Gágai, town in Lycia; compare obsolete gagate, Middle English, Old English gagātes < Latin, as above
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Examples from the Web for jet

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  • They were constructed of ivory and jet, and their capitals were overlaid with the purest gold.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • The eyes were mere dots of jet in a white and repulsive face.

    Two Thousand Miles Below

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • Widen the nozzle of the pipe, and the jet is in like manner diminished.

  • The jet falling on the face, bored a hole to the left of the nose.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • The moment his eye fell upon this jet black braid he was delighted.

    The Indian Fairy Book

    Cornelius Mathews


British Dictionary definitions for jet

jet1

noun
  1. a thin stream of liquid or gas forced out of a small aperture or nozzle
  2. an outlet or nozzle for emitting such a stream
  3. a jet-propelled aircraft
  4. astronomy a long thin feature extending from an active galaxy and usually observed at radio wavelengths
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verb jets, jetting or jetted
  1. to issue or cause to issue in a jetwater jetted from the hose; he jetted them with water
  2. to transport or be transported by jet aircraft
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Word Origin

C16: from Old French jeter to throw, from Latin jactāre to toss about, frequentative of jacere to throw

jet2

noun
    1. a hard black variety of coal that takes a brilliant polish and is used for jewellery, ornaments, etc
    2. (as modifier)jet earrings
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French jaiet, from Latin gagātēs, from Greek lithos gagatēs stone of Gagai, a town in Lycia, Asia Minor

JET

n acronym for
  1. Joint European Torus; a tokamak plasma-containment device at Culham, Oxfordshire, for research into energy production by nuclear fusion
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Word Origin and History for jet

v.

early 15c., "to prance, strut, swagger," from Middle French jeter "to throw, thrust," from Late Latin iectare, abstracted from deiectare, proiectare, etc., in place of Latin iactare "toss about," frequentative of iacere "to throw, cast," from PIE root *ye- "to do" (cf. Greek iemi, ienai "to send, throw;" Hittite ijami "I make"). Meaning "to sprout or spurt forth" is from 1690s. Related: Jetted; jetting.

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n.2

"deep black lignite," mid-14c., from Anglo-French geet, Old French jaiet "jet, lignite" (12c.), from Latin gagates, from Greek gagates lithos "stone of Gages," town and river in Lycia. As "a deep black color," also as an adjective, attested from mid-15c.

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n.1

"stream of water," 1690s, from French jet, from jeter (see jet (v.)). Sense of "spout or nozzle for emitting water, gas, fuel, etc." is from 1825. Hence jet propulsion (1867) and the noun meaning "airplane driven by jet propulsion" (1944, from jet engine, 1943). The first one to be in service was the German Messerschmitt Me 262. Jet stream is from 1947. Jet set first attested 1951, slightly before jet commuter plane flights began. Jet age is attested from 1952.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

jet in Science

jet

[jĕt]
  1. A rapid stream of liquid or gas forced through a small opening or nozzle under pressure.
  2. An aircraft or other vehicle propelled by one or more jet engines.
  3. A jet engine.
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