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1. Goods that are cast overboard from a ship, especially in an attempt to lighten the ship, and that sink to the bottom of a body of water.
2. Discarded odds and ends.

[From earlier jetson, alteration of Middle English jetteson, a throwing overboard; see jettison.]


(ˈdʒɛtsəm) or


1. (Nautical Terms) that portion of the equipment or cargo of a vessel thrown overboard to lighten her, as during a storm. Compare flotsam1, lagan
2. (Nautical Terms) another word for flotsam2
[C16: shortened from jettison]


or jet•som

(ˈdʒɛt səm)

goods that are cast overboard deliberately, as to lighten or stabilize a vessel in an emergency, and that sink where jettisoned or are washed ashore.
Compare flotsam, lagan.
[1560–70; alter. of jetson, syncopated variant of jettison]

jetsam, jetsom

1. part of a ship’s cargo thrown overboard, as to lighten the load in the event of danger.
2. such cargo when it is washed ashore.
3. anything which is discarded. Cf. flotsam.
See also: Ships


 cargo, equipment, or waste thrown overboard from a vessel at sea. See also flotsam.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jetsam - the part of a ship's equipment or cargo that is thrown overboard to lighten the load in a storm
part, portion - something less than the whole of a human artifact; "the rear part of the house"; "glue the two parts together"
2.jetsam - the floating wreckage of a ship
wreckage - the remaining parts of something that has been wrecked; "they searched the wreckage for signs of survivors"


[ˈdʒetsəm] Nechazón f, cosas fpl desechadas


[ˈdʒɛtsəm] n objets jetés à la mer et rejetés sur la côtejet set jet-set [ˈdʒɛtsɛt] njet-set m or f
the jet set → le jet-set, la jet-setjet-setter [ˈdʒɛtsɛtər] nmembre m du jet-set, membre m de la jet-set
to be a jet-setter → appartenir au jet-set, appartenir à la jet-setjet ski jet-ski [ˈdʒɛtskiː] nscooter m des mers, jet-ski m


nüber Bord geworfenes Gut; (on beach) → Strandgut nt ? flotsam
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
They are human flotsam and jetsam, washed up on the Libyan coast, where desperate migrants launch perilous sea-crossings to find sanctuary in Europe.
While Liverpool hoover up the flotsam and jetsam from around the globe, we've taken a month to get someone to put the cones out.
But most important, it will finally bury the myth that Britain is a soft touch for all the world's flotsam and jetsam.
Accordingly, we retract this portion of the April 22 Flotsam & Jetsam in its entirety and deeply regret the error.
The black kitten, aged 10 months, was discovered floating amid flotsam and jetsam just metres from rapids on the River Taff.
But simmering screen chemistry between Cruz and Depp surprisingly never catches light and there are more sparks between Claflin and his fishy femme - the rising British actor emerges from the flotsam and jetsam with dignity.
flotsam and jetsam medley of memoir fragments") whose collective purpose is to denounce those state-sponsored "terrors and apprehensions of the people [that] led them into a thousand weak, foolish, and wicked things, which they wanted not a sort of people really wicked to encourage them to.
She raids the scrap box, uses those impossibly dull plastic scissors to cut shapes, gathers jetsam from the playground, even cuts some of her hair for a dog's fur.
They think of these continents as being some flotsam and jetsam that sit on top of these plates and don't affect the fundamental plate structure.