Meaning of JET in English

I. ˈjet, usu -ed.+V noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English get, jet, from Middle French jaiet, geet, gest, from Latin gagates, from Greek gagatēs, from Gagas, river and ancient town in the district of Lycia in southern Asia Minor

1. : a very compact velvet-black mineral of the nature of coal that is often used for jewelry

2. : jet black

II. adjective

Etymology: Middle English get, from get, jet, n.

1. : made of jet

2. : of the color jet

III. intransitive verb

( jetted ; jetted ; jetting ; jets )

Etymology: Middle English jetten, perhaps from Middle French jeter to throw, but influenced in meaning by Latin jactare to throw, boast

1. obsolete : to walk with a haughty or pompous air : strut , swagger

how he jets under his advanced plumes — Shakespeare

when the stage of the world was hung with black they jetted up and down like proud tragedians — Thomas Dekker


a. archaic : to walk along slowly : stroll

b. obsolete : to walk in a sprightly manner : caper , trip

3. : to move about very quickly : dart

hoped to see … the wingless squirrel jet from tree to tree — James Montgomery

IV. noun

( -s )

archaic : an artificial way of walking : hitch , swagger

the genteel trip and the agreeable jet as they are now practiced at the court of France — Eustace Budgell

V. verb

( jetted ; jetted ; jetting ; jets )

Etymology: Middle French jeter, literally, to throw, from Latin jactare to throw, shake, speak out, boast, from jactus, past participle of jacere to throw; akin to Greek hienai to send, Tocharian A ya- to make, do, Hittite ijami I make, I do

intransitive verb


a. obsolete : intrude , encroach

insulting tyranny begins to jet upon the innocent and aweless throne — Shakespeare

b. : to project or jut prominently

the rock jetted out over the deep canyon

2. : to spout forth : emit a jet : gush , spurt

molten material from the bowels of earth jets up between sedimented water-laid rocks — Russell Lord

flame and smoke jetted from the sides of the five warships — Kenneth Roberts

transitive verb

1. : to make projections on (as a building) : cause to project

the second stories of the houses were jetted, shadowing the street from the sun

2. now dialect England : to throw (as a ball) with a jerk

3. : to emit in a stream : blow out : spout

while I waited … the other gun jetted smoke — Kenneth Roberts

jetted a powerful stream of water at the burning building


a. : to place (as a pile or caisson) in the ground by means of a jet of water acting at the lower end


(1) : to bore (as a well) by means of a high-pressure jet of air or water

(2) : to flush out the drillings from (a well) by means of a jet of water

5. : to apply an insecticide to (an animal) in small jets under pressure

VI. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle French, from jeter



(1) : a forceful rush of liquid, gas, or vapor through a narrow or restricted opening in spurts or in a continuous flow

trained the powerful jet of water on the fire

saw a practical use for these burning jets of gas escaping from the earth's fissures — Gardiner Symonds

(2) : a usually high-speed stream of fluid that is discharged from a nozzle or orifice in a body and that produces reaction forces tending to propel the body in the direction opposite to that of the discharge — see jet propulsion

b. : a nozzle for a jet of gas, water, or other fluid

a garden fountain with more than 200 jets — F.J.Taylor

c. : something issuing in or as if in a jet

sometimes the whole story is a jet of irony — H.M.Reynolds

talk poured from her in a brilliant jet — Time

2. dialect England : a large ladle

3. : a projection at the bottom of a piece of foundry type as it comes from the mold that is planed off in finishing — called also tail, tang


a. : jet airplane

b. : jet engine

VII. transitive verb

( jetted ; jetted ; jetting ; jets )

: to travel by jet airplane

jetted to London to see the show — Newsweek

VIII. noun

( -s )

Etymology: probably alteration of gist

: the main point : gist

but … I don't see the jet of your scheme — R.B.Sheridan

IX. intransitive verb

: to move or progress by or as if by jet propulsion

X. noun

1. : a narrow stream of material (as plasma) emanating or appearing to emanate from a celestial object (as a radio galaxy)

2. : a momentary beam of subatomic particles emitted from the interaction of other usually high-energy particles

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