Jetsam



[jet-suh m] /ˈdʒɛt səm/

noun
1.
goods cast overboard deliberately, as to lighten a vessel or improve its stability in an emergency, which sink where jettisoned or are washed ashore.
/ˈdʒɛtsəm/
noun
1.
that portion of the equipment or cargo of a vessel thrown overboard to lighten her, as during a storm Compare flotsam (sense 1), lagan
2.
another word for flotsam (sense 2)
n.

1560s, jottsome “act of throwing goods overboard to lighten a ship,” alteration and contraction of Middle English jetteson, from Anglo-French getteson, Old French getaison “a throwing” (see jettison). Intermediate forms were jetson, jetsome; the form perhaps was deformed by influence of flotsam. From 1590s as “goods thrown overboard;” figurative use by 1861. For distinction of meaning, see flotsam.
see: flotsam and jetsam

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