from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dense black coal that takes a high polish and is used for jewelry.
  • noun A deep black.
  • adjective Made of or resembling a dense, black, highly polished coal.
  • adjective Black as coal; jet-black.
  • noun A high-velocity fluid stream forced under pressure out of a small-diameter opening or nozzle.
  • noun An outlet, such as a nozzle, used for emitting such a stream.
  • noun Something emitted in or as if in a high-velocity fluid stream.
  • noun A jet-propelled vehicle, especially a jet-propelled aircraft.
  • noun A jet engine.
  • intransitive verb To travel by jet aircraft.
  • intransitive verb To move very quickly.
  • intransitive verb To propel outward or squirt, as under pressure.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A solid, dry, black, inflammable fossil substance, harder than asphalt, susceptible of high polish, and glossy in its fracture, which is conchoidal or undulating.
  • noun The color of jet; a deep, rich, glossy black.
  • Made of the mineral jet: as, jet beads; jet ornaments.
  • To throw out; shoot out; spurt forth, especially from a small orifice; spout; spurt.
  • To shoot forward; shoot out; project; jut.
  • To strut; stalk; assume a haughty or pompous carriage; be proud.
  • To encroach offensively.
  • To jerk; jolt.
  • To turn round or about.
  • noun A sudden shooting forth; a spouting or spurting, as of water or flame from a small orifice.
  • noun That which so issues or spurts: as, a jet of water; a jet of blood; a jet of gas.
  • noun A spout, or the end of a spout or nozle, for the emission of a liquid or gas: as, a rose-jet; a gas-jet.
  • noun In metal-casting: A channel or tube for introducing melted metal into a mold.
  • noun A small projecting piece of the metal, consisting of what remained in the hole through which the liquid metal was run into the mold: this has to be filed off before the casting can be finished. Compare runner.
  • noun In pyrotechnics, a rocket-case filled with a burning composition, and attached to the circumference of a wheel or the end of a movable arm to give it motion.
  • noun A large water-ladle.
  • noun A descent; a declivity.
  • noun Fashion; manner; custom; style.
  • noun Artifice; contrivance.
  • noun [A form of or substitute for gist, of the same ult. origin.] Point; drift; scope.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb obsolete To strut; to walk with a lofty or haughty gait; to be insolent; to obtrude.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To jerk; to jolt; to be shaken.
  • intransitive verb To shoot forward or out; to project; to jut out.
  • noun A shooting forth; a spouting; a spurt; a sudden rush or gush, as of water from a pipe, or of flame from an orifice; also, that which issues in a jet.
  • noun obsolete Drift; scope; range, as of an argument.
  • noun The sprue of a type, which is broken from it when the type is cold.
  • noun (Naut.) a device for propelling vessels by means of a forcible jet of water ejected from the vessel, as by a centrifugal pump.
  • noun a device in which a small jet of steam, air, water, or other fluid, in rapid motion, lifts or otherwise moves, by its impulse, a larger quantity of the fluid with which it mingles.
  • transitive verb To spout; to emit in a stream or jet.
  • noun obsolete Same as 2d get.
  • noun (Min.) A variety of lignite, of a very compact texture and velvet black color, susceptible of a good polish, and often wrought into mourning jewelry, toys, buttons, etc. Formerly called also black amber.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a blackish European ant (Formica fuliginosa), which builds its nest of a paperlike material in the trunks of trees.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A hard, black form of coal, sometimes used in jewellery.
  • noun The colour of jet coal, deep grey.
  • adjective Very dark black in colour.
  • noun A collimated stream, spurt or flow of liquid or gas from a pressurized container, an engine, etc.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman geet, from Latin gagātēs, from Greek, after Gagas, a town of Lycia.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Old French, from jeter, to spout forth, throw, from Vulgar Latin *iectāre, alteration of Latin iactāre, frequentative of iacere, to throw; see yē- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French / French jet, jayet, Latin gagates after Ancient Greek Γαγάτης (Gagatēs), from Γάγας (Gagas, "a town and river in Lycia").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French jet, Old French get giet, Latin iactus ("a throwing, a throw"), from iacere ("to throw"). See abject, ejaculate, gist, jess, jut.



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    December 19, 2007

  • But for fear these evidences should be suspected, here comes the jet of the business.

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  • "The supersonic stunner is ready to create some major turbulence, so everyone should fasten their seatbelts, return their tray tables to the upright and locked position, and prepare for a crash landing."

    (Official biography on the NBC American Gladiators website)

    September 6, 2008

  • When I was young and had no sense

    In far-off Mandalay

    I lost my heart to a Burmese girl

    As lovely as the day.

    Her skin was gold, her hair was jet,

    Her teeth were ivory;

    I said, "for twenty silver pieces,

    Maiden, sleep with me".

    She looked at me, so pure, so sad,

    The loveliest thing alive,

    And in her lisping, virgin voice,

    Stood out for twenty-five.

    - George Orwell, 'Ironic Poem About Prostitution'.

    October 14, 2008

  • My favorite use of 'jet' is the verb form, the 'move along, of liquids'. I think it would be really effective in writing as synesthesia.

    November 26, 2008