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ˈdʒɛt səmjet·sam

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. jetsamnoun

    the part of a ship's equipment or cargo that is thrown overboard to lighten the load in a storm

  2. flotsam, jetsamnoun

    the floating wreckage of a ship


  1. jetsamnoun

    articles thrown overboard from a ship or boat in order to lighten the load of a ship in distress

  2. jetsamnoun

    discarded odds and ends

  3. Etymology: From jetteson, from getteson (See jettison.)


  1. jetsam

    In maritime law, flotsam, jetsam, lagan, and derelict are specific kinds of shipwreck. The words have specific nautical meanings, with legal consequences in the law of admiralty and marine salvage. A shipwreck is defined as the remains of a ship that has been wrecked—a destroyed ship at sea, whether it has sunk or is floating on the surface of the water.


  1. jetsam

    Jetsam refers to unwanted materials or goods that are intentionally thrown overboard from a ship or a boat and are washed ashore. This is often done to lighten the vessel in case of emergency. Jetsam can also refer to discarded or useless materials more generally.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jetsamnoun

    alt. of Jetson


  1. Jetsam

    Jetsam is a 2007 British film thriller, written and directed by Simon Welsford. It was shot in the English seaside resort town of Margate for the no-budget sum of £3,000 and stars Alex Reid, Shauna Macdonald and Jamie Draven. The two-week shoot wrapped on 27 May 2006, and pre-production was completed nearly a year later, on 8 March 2007. The film premiered at the 51st London International Film Festival, and received many positive notices. It has also received acclaim at the Slamdance Film Festival. It was finally granted a national release in the UK in August 2009.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Jetsam

    jet′sam, n. the throwing of goods overboard to lighten a vessel: the goods so thrown away which remain under water (see Flotsam)—also Jet′som, Jet′son, Jet′tison.—v.t. Jet′tison, to throw overboard, as goods, in time of danger. [Anglo-Fr. jetteson—L. jactation-em, a casting.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Jetsam

    part of the cargo of a ship thrown overboard to lighten her in a case of peril.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. jetsam

    In legal parlance, is the place where goods thrown overboard sink, and remain under water. Also, the goods cast into the sea.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jetsam in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jetsam in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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