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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 ?
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.
But all these suggestions were but flotsam and jetsam cast to the surface by a more profound disturbance, which, as she could not consider it at present, manifested its existence by these grotesque nods and beckonings.
My eyes were directed toward the point at which the liner had disappeared when there came from the depths of the ocean the muffled reverberation of an explosion, and almost simultaneously a geyser of water in which were shattered lifeboats, human bodies, steam, coal, oil, and the flotsam of a liner's deck leaped high above the surface of the sea--a watery column momentarily marking the grave of another ship in this greatest cemetery of the seas.
Financiers and promoters, and all the flotsam and jetsam of the sea of speculation surged upon the shores of his eleven millions.
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.
Upon it was some desolate flotsam cast aside by the room's marooned when a lucky sail had borne them to a fresh port--a trifling vase or two, pictures of actresses, a medicine bottle, some stray cards out of a deck.
He insisted upon an equal division of the fish, because Saxon had helped catch them, though he explained at length the ethics of flotsam to show her that the pile was wholly his.
FERRY BOATS MEMORIES like ferry boats sailing the tide Invoking in me my life as a child Floating like flotsam around in my head Eddying my thoughts around the Pier Head The sun on the water, the rust on the chain As I'm transported back in time once again With bucket and spade held tight in my hand Waiting for the ferry boat from Seacombe to land The rush and the surge as were taken on board The scream of the gulls as the boats engine roared Crossing the Mersey on that Ferry boat ride Memories of me by my father's side Ferry boats on the Mersey, I hope they will stay Long after the people have floated away by Freda Renton, Croxteth Park
Vacuous flotsam such as this energises free thinkers and grows our popular support.
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RECENT headlines reveal 47,000 patients are stuck in hospital backlogs, treating human beings as flotsam floating on a river which goes nowhere.
A bit of flotsam locked within the eye's inner being Always with movement it's floating or fleeing.