From Anglo-Norman getteson, from Old French getaison, from geter, jeter (modern French: would be *jetaison like pendaison); possibly from a Vulgar Latin *iectātiō, from *iectātus < iectāre, from Latin iactō. Doublet of jetsam.
- (Australian English) IPA(key): /ˈdʒɛɾəsən/, /ˈdʒɛtɪsən/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈdʒɛtɪsn̩/, /-zn̩/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈdʒɛɾɪsn̩/, /-zn̩/
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jettison (plural jettisons)
- (uncountable, collective) Items that have been or are about to be ejected from a boat or balloon.
- (countable) The action of jettisoning items.
- To eject from a boat, submarine, aircraft, spaceship or hot-air balloon, so as to lighten the load.
- The ballooners had to jettison all of their sand bags to make it over the final hill.
- The jettisoning of fuel tanks.
- (figurative) To let go or get rid of as being useless or defective.
- 2018 October 30, David Streitfeld, “Where Trolls Reigned Free: A New History of Reddit”, in New York Times:
- […] the defense of horrendous behavior as “free speech”; the jettisoning of “free speech” when it served corporate purposes; the way no one seeks permission but all expect forgiveness.