from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Wreckage or cargo that remains afloat after a ship has sunk.
- n. Floating refuse or debris.
- n. Discarded odds and ends.
- n. Vagrant, usually destitute people.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Debris floating in a river or sea, in particular fragments from a shipwreck.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Goods lost by shipwreck, and floating on the sea; -- in distinction from jetsam or jetson.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Such part of the wreck of a ship and its cargo as is found floating. See jetsam.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the floating wreckage of a ship
Anglo-Norman floteson, from Old French floter, to float, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman floteson, from Old French flotaison ("a floating"), from floter ("to float"), of Germanic origin (See float.), + -aison, from Latin -atio (Wiktionary)