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flot·sam

 (flŏt′səm)
n.
1. Goods floating on the surface of a body of water after a shipwreck or after being cast overboard to lighten the ship.
2. Discarded or unimportant things: "Keyrings, bookmarks ... gum, scissors, paper clips ... pencils and pads stolen from various hotels: all this detritus, this flotsam of a life being lived at full throttle" (David Leavitt).
3. People who are considered to be worthless or to have been rejected by society.

[Anglo-Norman floteson, from Old French floter, to float, of Germanic origin; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.]

flotsam

(ˈflɒtsəm)
n
1. (Nautical Terms) wreckage from a ship found floating. Compare jetsam1, lagan
2. useless or discarded objects; odds and ends (esp in the phrase flotsam and jetsam)
3. vagrants
[C16: from Anglo-French floteson, from floter to float]

flot•sam

(ˈflɒt səm)

n.
1. the part of the wreckage of a ship and its cargo found floating on the water. Compare jetsam, lagan.
2. refuse floating on water.
3. useless or unimportant items; odds and ends.
4. a vagrant population.
Also called flot′sam and jet′sam (for defs. 3, 4).
[1600–10; < Anglo-French floteson, derivative of floter to float < Germanic; see float]

flotsam

material floating on the sea, especially debris or goods from ship-wrecks. Cf. jetsam.
See also: Ships

Flotsam

 parts of wreckage of a ship or cargo found floating on the sea, 1607; of odds and ends, 1861. See also jetsam.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flotsam - the floating wreckage of a ship
wreckage - the remaining parts of something that has been wrecked; "they searched the wreckage for signs of survivors"

flotsam

noun debris, sweepings, rubbish, junk, wreckage, detritus, odds and ends, jetsam The water was full of flotsam and refuse.
Translations

flotsam

[ˈflɒtsəm] N flotsam and jetsamrestos mpl (de naufragio) (Tech) (frm) → pecios mpl

flotsam

[ˈflɒtsəm] n
(= floating rubbish) → déchets mpl flottants, déchets mpl à la dérive
flotsam and jetsam (= floating rubbish) → déchets mpl flottants (= odds and ends) → objets mpl hétéroclites, déchets mpl

flotsam

nTreibgut nt; he was another of the city’s flotsamer gehörte auch zu den Gestrandeten der Stadt; flotsam and jetsam (floating) → Treibgut nt; (washed ashore) → Strandgut nt; the flotsam and jetsam of our societydie Gestrandeten plor das Strandgut unserer Gesellschaft

flotsam

[ˈflɒtsəm] n flotsam and jetsamrifiuti mpl portati dal mare (people) → relitti mpl
References in classic literature ?
And clear across to the Atlantic, the Junta in touch with them all and all of them needing guns, mere adventurers, soldiers of fortune, bandits, disgruntled American union men, socialists, anarchists, rough-necks, Mexican exiles, peons escaped from bondage, whipped miners from the bull-pens of Coeur d'Alene and Colorado who desired only the more vindictively to fight--all the flotsam and jetsam of wild spirits from the madly complicated modern world.
I found some of it hard to endure, though I am a mild-tempered man; but, certainly, when I told the captain to "shut up" I had forgotten that I was merely a bit of human flotsam, cut off from my resources and with my fare unpaid; a mere casual dependant on the bounty, or speculative enterprise, of the ship.
Financiers and promoters, and all the flotsam and jetsam of the sea of speculation surged upon the shores of his eleven millions.