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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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
2. useless or discarded objects; odds and ends (esp in the phrase flotsam and jetsam)
[C16: from Anglo-French floteson, from floter to float]
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]
material floating on the sea, especially debris or goods from ship-wrecks. Cf. jetsam.See also: Ships
Flotsamparts of wreckage of a ship or cargo found floating on the sea, 1607; of odds and ends, 1861. See also jetsam.
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wreckage - the remaining parts of something that has been wrecked; "they searched the wreckage for signs of survivors"