• WordNet 3.6
    • n jetsam the floating wreckage of a ship
    • n jetsam the part of a ship's equipment or cargo that is thrown overboard to lighten the load in a storm
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Jetsam Anything thrown overboard from a ship, whether floating or not.
    • Jetsam (Mar. Law) Goods which sink when cast into the sea, and remain under water; -- distinguished from flotsam, goods which float, and liganor lagan), goods which are sunk attached to a buoy.
    • Jetsam Objects scattered about in a disorderly manner; as, he couldn't find his sneakers among the jetsam in his room.
    • Jetsam The act of throwing objects from a ship to lighten the load; jettison{1}. See Jettison, 1.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n jetsam In law and com.: Same as jettison.
    • n jetsam The goods thrown out by jettison.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Jetsam jet′sam 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. jeter, to throw: cf. OF. getaison, a throwing. Cf. Flotsam Jettison
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Anglo-Fr. jetteson—L. jactation-em, a casting.


In literature:

ALF JETSAM: or Found Afloat.
"Historic Boys" by Elbridge Streeter Brooks
But the recovery of jetsam could not affect the result.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Amid the poor jetsam of the fight went the Y.M.C.A.
"The Romance of the Red Triangle" by Arthur Keysall Yapp
They were flotsam and jetsam of all kinds.
"The Tremendous Event" by Maurice Leblanc
Captain Harris had been, like Rodman, one of the men who make up the world's flotsam and jetsam.
"The Key to Yesterday" by Charles Neville Buck
Some 20,000 letters and parcels find their way to the Bristol Returned Letter Office as the flotsam and jetsam of the Christmas postings.
"The Bristol Royal Mail" by R. C. Tombs
The British race produces a richer variety of human flotsam and jetsam than any other.
"A Mysterious Disappearance" by Gordon Holmes
Down in the valley below, the river, brown and swollen, carries on its bosom the flotsam and jetsam of its pilgrimage through the country.
"Men, Women and Guns" by H. C. (Herman Cyril) McNeile
Flotsam and jetsam abounded in every cranny of the bank and on the down-stream side of every point and headland.
"Between Sun and Sand" by William Charles Scully
I should think the Cingari claimed for themselves all flotsam and jetsam.
"Lost Sir Massingberd, v. 1/2" by James Payn

In poetry:

Sea-drifts that on the foamy surf-line lay.
What jetsam! but they hailed it with delight;
They buried the singing head from sight,
And to Methymna took the sweet-stringed shell away.
"The Orphic Legacy" by Maurice Thompson

In news:

Flotsam and Jetsam Cats, Chicagoan claim quotation, comma contest.
Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority Flotsam and Jetsam will soon patrol the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland harbor, on the lookout for "Urban Floating Debris".
Flotsam and Jetsam of Sports airs Saturdays from 10 a.m.-1 pm.
Classical Flotsam and Jetsam .
Flotsam and Jetsam Chicago's contribution to National Punctuation Day.
Flotsam and Jetsam Rahm's secret snow job .
"Flotsam and Jetsam" makes something out of "nothing".
Dark Roots of Thrash 2013, featuring Testament, Overkill, Flotsam and Jetsam, and 4Arm is coming to a city relatively near you.
Testament Announce Headlining Tour with Overkill , Flotsam and Jetsam.
Dark Roots of Thrash 2013, featuring Testament, Overkill , Flotsam and Jetsam, and 4Arm is coming to a city relatively near you.
Of course, we all know that he didn't make the cut and the band ultimately went with Jason Newsted of (at that time) Flotsam & Jetsam.
Flotsam and Jetsam Cats, Chicagoan claim quotation , comma contest.
Interesting quotes uncovered in the flotsam and jetsam of the week's media reports.
First, Barack Obama hires the rancid flotsam of Wall Street to command the economic team tasked with salvaging the nation from what the equally rancid jetsam of Wall Street had done to it.
South African designer Nic Kruger is turning flotsam and jetsam into tables and chairs.