to cast (goods) overboard in order to lighten a vessel or aircraft or to improve its stability in an emergency.
to throw off (something) as an obstacle or burden; discard.
Cards. to discard (an unwanted card or cards).
the act of casting goods from a vessel or aircraft to lighten or stabilize it.
- jet·ti·son·a·ble, adjective
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How to use jettison in a sentence
jettison your lawyers as a source of prison-yard guidance, Abramoff said.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv | Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
But they also bequeathed to us a founding racism that we have found it almost impossible to jettison.The Invention of the Ego in Martin Luther’s Defiance | Thomas Cahill | November 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The other companies to jettison Deen were more interested in their image than the bottom line.Racism Is a Tough Sell: The Real Reason Everyone Dumped Paula Deen | Daniel Gross | June 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nor does he believe it will force the company to jettison full-time workers.
It will jettison the reactionary messages that alienated so many persuadable voters in 2012.Commentary's Symposium on the Future of Conservatism | David Frum | January 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
"We'll jettison what freight proves an embarrassment," this astute individual advised.Captain Scraggs | Peter B. Kyne
No occasion to jettison any of our cargo yet, however useless it may be.The Life of a Celebrated Buccaneer | Richard Clynton
He unclamped his safety harness and stumbled to the jettison bin, holding a hand over his mouth.Spillthrough | Daniel F. Galouye
And if the swell got too strong for her we had to jettison the top tiers of cotton balespitch em overboard, you see.Carolyn of the Corners | Ruth Belmore Endicott
You could drink a fifth, jettison the bottle through the trash lock, and sober up before you were needed again.Death of a Spaceman | Walter M. Miller
British Dictionary definitions for jettison
to throw away; abandon: to jettison old clothes
to throw overboard
another word for jetsam (def. 1)
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