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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
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Italy, however, refused to take those on board the Aquarius in for processing, and for three days they were left adrift cast aside on the seas like flotsam and jetsam until Spain opened its hearts and ports to those refugees.
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