Jetsam Jet"sam, Jetson Jet"son, n. [F. jeter to throw: cf. OF. getaison a throwing. Cf. {Flotsam}, {Jettison}.] 1. (Mar. Law) Goods which sink when cast into the sea, and remain under water; -- distinguished from {flotsam}, goods which float, and {ligan} (or {lagan}), goods which are sunk attached to a buoy. [1913 Webster]

2. The act of throwing objects from a ship to lighten the load; jettison[1]. See {Jettison}, 1. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence: Anything thrown overboard from a ship, whether floating or not. [PJC]

4. Hence: [fig.] Objects scattered about in a disorderly manner; as, he couldn't find his sneakers among the jetsam in his room. [Colloq.] [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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