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jetsam

or jet·som

[ jet-suhm ]
/ ˈdʒɛt səm /
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noun
goods cast overboard deliberately, as to lighten a vessel or improve its stability in an emergency, which sink where jettisoned or are washed ashore.
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Compare flotsam, lagan.

Origin of jetsam

1560–70; alteration of jetson, syncopated variant of jettison

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH jetsam

flotsam, jetsam
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British Dictionary definitions for jetsam

jetsam

jetsom

/ (ˈdʒɛtsəm) /

noun
that portion of the equipment or cargo of a vessel thrown overboard to lighten her, as during a stormCompare flotsam (def. 1), lagan
another word for flotsam (def. 2)

Word Origin for jetsam

C16: shortened from jettison
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Other Idioms and Phrases with jetsam

jetsam

see flotsam and jetsam.

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