[ UK /d‍ʒˈɛtsəm/ ]
  1. the floating wreckage of a ship
  2. the part of a ship's equipment or cargo that is thrown overboard to lighten the load in a storm
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How To Use jetsam In A Sentence

  • But we had not been at anchor in Plymouth Sound more than twenty four hours, and he hardly had time to communicate with the gentlemen-dealers in marine stores, when I received a notification from some lynx-eyed agent of the present admiral of the coast (who is a lawyer, I believe), requesting the immediate delivery of the anchor and cable, -- upon the plea of his seignoral rights of _flotsam_ and _jetsam_. Newton Forster The Merchant Service
  • But there was no suspicious heap lying grounded in the shallows, no flotsam or jetsam at all.
  • The noun is also the source of the word "jetsam" ( "jettisoned goods"), which is often paired with Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day
  • While there are trained artists--perhaps inspired by Gaudí's early 20th-century mosaics or Marcel Duchamp's readymades--who sculpt and construct large-scale artworks made from repurposed cast offs, many more are dreamers with ordinary day jobs who abhor waste, have a penchant for collecting, and seize upon an unstoppable urge to create something beautiful from the flotsam and jetsam modern life. Trash Art: California's Artistic Recycling Revolution
  • They are also often the flotsam and jetsam on the tide of technological development. The Global Marketplace
  • Once there he meets the flotsam and jetsam who congregate at a roadhouse belonging to a white-suited gent nicknamed Panama because of his romantic tales of foreign adventure.
  • But others have realized that something could be made of the jetsam.
  • Being a conservative does not let you flit like some light of weight flotsam and jetsam from party to party; to be persuaded by charlatans like Blair or to take up each new trendy theory thought up by political pigmies. Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?
  • With all those heads twizzling by and all manner of human flotsam and jetsam floating by it is often impossible to keep your finger on the pulse of things.
  • He would walk along the beach collecting the flotsam and jetsam that had been washed ashore.
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