- a stream of a liquid, gas, or small solid particles forcefully shooting forth from a nozzle, orifice, etc.
- something that issues in such a stream, as water or gas.
- a spout or nozzle for emitting liquid or gas: a gas jet.
- jet plane.
- jet engine.
verb (used without object), jet·ted, jet·ting.
- to travel by jet plane: to jet to Las Vegas for the weekend.
- to move or travel by means of jet propulsion: The octopus jetted away from danger.
- to be shot forth in a stream.
- to move or travel rapidly: The star halfback jetted toward the goal line.
verb (used with object), jet·ted, jet·ting.
- to transport by jet plane: The nonstop service from New York will jet you to Tokyo in 13 hours.
- to shoot (something) forth in a stream; spout.
- to place (a pile or the like) by eroding the ground beneath it with a jet of water or of water and compressed air.
- of, relating to, or associated with a jet, jet engine, or jet plane: jet pilot; jet exhaust.
- in the form of or producing a jet or jet propulsion: jet nozzle.
- by means of a jet plane: a jet trip; jet transportation.
- a compact black coal, susceptible of a high polish, used for making beads, jewelry, buttons, etc.
- a deep black.
- Obsolete. black marble.
- consisting or made of jet.
- of the color jet; black as jet.
- a thin stream of liquid or gas forced out of a small aperture or nozzle
- an outlet or nozzle for emitting such a stream
- a jet-propelled aircraft
- astronomy a long thin feature extending from an active galaxy and usually observed at radio wavelengths
verb jets, jetting or jetted
- to issue or cause to issue in a jetwater jetted from the hose; he jetted them with water
- to transport or be transported by jet aircraft
- a hard black variety of coal that takes a brilliant polish and is used for jewellery, ornaments, etc
- (as modifier)jet earrings
n acronym for
- Joint European Torus; a tokamak plasma-containment device at Culham, Oxfordshire, for research into energy production by nuclear fusion
early 15c., “to prance, strut, swagger,” from Middle French jeter “to throw, thrust,” from Late Latin iectare, abstracted from deiectare, proiectare, etc., in place of Latin iactare “toss about,” frequentative of iacere “to throw, cast,” from PIE root *ye- “to do” (cf. Greek iemi, ienai “to send, throw;” Hittite ijami “I make”). Meaning “to sprout or spurt forth” is from 1690s. Related: Jetted; jetting.
“deep black lignite,” mid-14c., from Anglo-French geet, Old French jaiet “jet, lignite” (12c.), from Latin gagates, from Greek gagates lithos “stone of Gages,” town and river in Lycia. As “a deep black color,” also as an adjective, attested from mid-15c.
“stream of water,” 1690s, from French jet, from jeter (see jet (v.)). Sense of “spout or nozzle for emitting water, gas, fuel, etc.” is from 1825. Hence jet propulsion (1867) and the noun meaning “airplane driven by jet propulsion” (1944, from jet engine, 1943). The first one to be in service was the German Messerschmitt Me 262. Jet stream is from 1947. Jet set first attested 1951, slightly before jet commuter plane flights began. Jet age is attested from 1952.
- A rapid stream of liquid or gas forced through a small opening or nozzle under pressure.
- An aircraft or other vehicle propelled by one or more jet engines.
- A jet engine.