Definitions for jettyˈdʒɛt i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

jet•tyˈdʒɛt i(n.)(pl.)-ties

  1. (n.)a pier or structure of stones, piles, or the like, projecting into the sea or other body of water to protect a harbor, deflect the current, etc.

    Category: Civil Engineering, Nautical, Navy

  2. a landing pier.

    Category: Civil Engineering, Nautical, Navy

  3. the piles or wooden structure protecting a pier.

    Category: Civil Engineering, Nautical, Navy

  4. an overhanging upper story of a building.

    Category: Architecture

  5. (v.i.)to project or overhang; jut.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Architecture

Origin of jetty:

1375–1425; late ME get(t)ey < OF jetee, lit., something thrown out, projection, n. use of fem. ptp. of jeter to throw; see jet1

jet•tyˈdʒɛt i(adj.)

  1. deep black.

Origin of jetty:

1475–85; jet2+ -y1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. breakwater, groin, groyne, mole, bulwark, seawall, jetty(noun)

    a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jetty(adj)

    made of jet, or like jet in color

  2. Jetty(noun)

    a part of a building that jets or projects beyond the rest, and overhangs the wall below

  3. Jetty(noun)

    a wharf or pier extending from the shore

  4. Jetty(noun)

    a structure of wood or stone extended into the sea to influence the current or tide, or to protect a harbor; a mole; as, the Eads system of jetties at the mouth of the Mississippi River

  5. Jetty(verb)

    to jut out; to project


  1. Jetty

    A jetty is any of a variety of structures used in river, dock, and maritime works that are generally carried out in pairs from river banks, or in continuation of river channels at their outlets into deep water; or out into docks, and outside their entrances; or for forming basins along the coast for ports in tideless seas. The forms and construction of these jetties are as varied as their uses, for they are formed sometimes of high open timber-work, sometimes of low solid projections, and occasionally only differ from breakwaters in their object. The term derived from the French word jetée, "thrown", and signifies something thrown out. Jetties at the coast that have been raised and extended help prevent long shore drift and therefore slow down beach erosion.

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a small pier for use as a landing-place.

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