American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cast overboard or off: a ship jettisoning wastes; a pilot jettisoning aircraft fuel.
- v. Informal To discard (something) as unwanted or burdensome: jettisoned the whole marketing plan.
- n. The act of discarding or casting overboard.
- n. Jetsam.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, the throwing overboard of goods or merchandise, especially for the purpose of easing a ship in time of danger or distress.
- To throw overboard, especially for the purpose of easing and saving a ship in time of danger.
- n. uncountable Collectively, items that have been or are about to be ejected from a boat or balloon.
- n. countable The action of jettisoning items.
- v. To eject from a boat, submarine, aircraft, spaceship or hot-air balloon, so as to lighten the load.
- v. To let go or get rid of as being useless or defective; discard.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mar. Law) The throwing overboard of goods from necessity, in order to lighten a vessel in danger of wreck.
- n. See Jetsam, 1.
- v. throw as from an airplane
- v. throw away, of something encumbering
- From Anglo-Norman getteson, from Old French getaison (French: would be *jetaison like pendaison). Cognate to jetsam (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English jetteson, a throwing overboard of goods to lighten ship, from Anglo-Norman getteson, from Vulgar Latin *iectātiō, iectātiōn-, from *iectātus, past participle of *iectāre, to throw; see jet2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I've got a few clean-up issues to attend to, not least of all my need to "jettison" (to borrow Bill's oh-so-apt word choice) the frame story - which is something I've been thinking about ever since moriarty6 suggested the same.”
“But we find that, when someone wants to make a major change in their lives, especially around breaking out of chemical abuse, if they kind of jettison that person who was part of that abuse with them, that ` s usually a very positive step.”
“Television, as you know, can kind of jettison you into a whole new world.”
“But," I asked, "do not the men object to this kind of jettison?”
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“I wonder if Barack Obama has a backup plan - a "jettison" option, if you will - on any references he may make to "global warming" during his inaugural speech - just in case wind chills are hovering around zero on January 20th.”
“2. Add up all the people who vote Republican but want to "jettison" anti-abortion or pro-gun.”
“unseen hand' was at work to 'jettison' the truth in the sensational case.”
“jettison" ( "a voluntary sacrifice of cargo to lighten a ship's load in time of distress") entered English in the 15th century; the verb has been with us since the 19th century.”
“The insurers, of course, have an answer: get rid of the requirement that insurers can only sell policies that meet minimum benefit requirements and jettison the prohibition against charging older Americans any more than three times as much as young people.”
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