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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