I. jet 1 /dʒet/ BrE AmE noun
[ Sense 1-2: Date: 1600-1700 ; Origin: ⇨ ↑ jet 2 ]
[ Sense 3: Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: jaiet , from Latin gagates , from Greek , from Gagas , town and river in Asia Minor where it was found ]
1 . [countable] a fast plane with a jet engine
a squadron of F-6 jet fighter aircraft
He owns a private jet.
⇨ ↑ jumbo jet
2 . [countable] a narrow stream of liquid or gas that comes quickly out of a small hole, or the hole itself
She soaped herself beneath the refreshing jets of water.
3 . [uncountable] a hard black stone that is used for making jewellery
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▪ plane ( also aeroplane British English ), airplane American English a vehicle that flies in the air and has wings and at least one engine:
The plane took off from John F Kennedy airport.
a passenger plane carrying over 300 people
▪ aircraft a plane or other vehicle that can fly. Aircraft sounds more formal than plane :
Smoking is not allowed on board the aircraft.
He was trained to fly military aircraft.
▪ jet a fast plane with a jet engine:
She owns a private jet.
▪ airliner a large plane that carries people:
a commercial airliner
II. jet 2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle jetted , present participle jetting ) [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: jetter , getter 'to throw' , from Latin jactare ]
1 . informal to travel by plane, especially to many different places
We’re jetting off for a sunshine holiday in the Caribbean.
business executives jetting around the world
2 . if a liquid or gas jets out from somewhere, it comes quickly out of a small hole