jetsam definition

  • noun:
    • Cargo or equipment thrown overboard to lighten a ship in stress.
    • Discarded cargo or equipment discovered washed ashore. See Usage Note at flotsam.
    • Discarded bits and pieces.
    • articles thrown overboard from a ship or watercraft in order to lighten the strain of a ship in distress
    • discarded bits and pieces
    • Goods which sink when cast to the water, and continue to be under water; -- distinguished from flotsam, products which float, and ligan (or lagan), goods that are sunk attached to a buoy.
    • The act of tossing items from a ship to lighten the strain; jettison{1}. See Jettison, 1.
    • something thrown overboard from a ship, whether drifting or perhaps not.
    • Objects spread about in a disorderly way.
    • in-law and com.: identical to jettison.
    • items thrown out by jettison.
    • the floating wreckage of a ship
    • the element of a ship's equipment or cargo that's thrown overboard to lighten the load in a storm

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