Main definitions of jet in English

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jet1

noun

  • 1A rapid stream of liquid or gas forced out of a small opening.

    ‘a jet of boiling water spurted over his hand’
    • ‘Oni was sending jets of flames towards the soldiers, burning their dark iron armor.’
    • ‘According to dictionary definitions and everyday usage, a fountain is a jet of water that spurts up into the air.’
    • ‘Even in the height of summer, there are sprinklers going in everyone's garden and huge jets of water spraying crops throughout the day.’
    • ‘Theo sent a jet of fire after him, but he turned and deflected it.’
    • ‘This fountain has 228 water jets, the highest reaching 15 metres.’
    • ‘From her hands burst jets of water that slowly put out the bird's fire.’
    • ‘The net effect is a liquid jet in the direction of the surface.’
    • ‘State-of-the-art special effects include three-foot high fireballs, water jets and dancing fountains around the bamboo dance floor.’
    • ‘Attached to the end of a wooden staff, they might shoot jets of flame at attackers.’
    • ‘Through this a thin jet of liquid would flow into the mouth of the ritual drinker or brotherhood performer.’
    • ‘He lifted his hands and shot a jet of water towards one of the flaming walls.’
    • ‘He opened his mouth wide and squirted a jet of water in.’
    • ‘This can be difficult with large trees, but if you can hit the undersides with jets of water or insecticidal soap, you may lessen the problem.’
    • ‘This process results in two jets of hadronic particles as the quarks form hadrons.’
    • ‘Natural thermal springs abound and scores of tourist spots feature bubbling pools or jets of steam shooting from the ground.’
    • ‘The liquid jet as it strikes the solid surface can cause localized erosion and surface pitting.’
    • ‘A confined jet of compressed air pressurizes the inspiratory airflow.’
    • ‘For this Friday Market in Kuwait, hot dry external air is humidified with jets of atomized water, and cooled to near wet bulb temperature.’
    • ‘A jagged crack shot through the ice and water gushed up in jets and spurts.’
    stream, spurt, squirt, spray, fountain, spout
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    1. 1.1 A nozzle or narrow opening for sending out a jet of liquid or gas.
      • ‘For all I know, the company may have toyed with the idea of slightly widening the nozzle on the windscreen-washer jets.’
      • ‘Off the bathroom, steps lead to a raised Jacuzzi with 16 air jets and 8 water jets, all adjustable.’
      • ‘Positioned side by side, these hot tub jets provide gentle treatment to your shoulders and upper back.’
      • ‘Once that has been signed and returned, and the cost of new nozzles and jets paid, Egoli Gas will make the conversion.’
      • ‘Gases streaming through this jet hole cause the tube to rotate rapidly on its axis, so creating the humming sound.’
      • ‘The wort is pumped from the kettle, and forced back into the kettle through a jet nozzle.’
      • ‘Nozzles direct the spray droplets into the air jets.’
      • ‘The ejected material is channeled into narrow jets perpendicular to the disk, while material from the disk falls onto the protostar.’
      • ‘Imagine that a flow of liquid is proceeding in a smooth, regular fashion, but we can adjust a jet to make the flow run faster or slower.’
      • ‘A steam shower is a nice luxury feature similar to a shower, except jets emit steam instead of water.’
      • ‘It could lead to improvements in devices that use liquid jets, as well as microjets that guide light.’
      • ‘If you've got your heart set on a whirlpool tub for your new master bathroom, do you want one with air jets or water jets, and what is the difference?’
      • ‘The flow pattern caused by the tail flick of the 4 mm zebra danio larva is a vortex ring with a jet through the center.’
      nozzle, head, spray, rose, atomizer, sprinkler, sprinkler head, spout, nose
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  • 2A jet engine.

    • ‘They finally quit, then several airplanes flew over, then a jet roared.’
    • ‘Stepping through the hole, he fires the suit's jump jets.’
    • ‘The jets contain relativistic winds that interact and collide, creating shock waves and emitting high-energy X-rays and gamma rays.’
    1. 2.1 An aircraft powered by one or more jet engines.
      ‘a private jet’
      • ‘"Gulfstream still believes a supersonic business jet has good market potential, " he said.’
      • ‘Think of the Internet revolution as a supersonic jet streaking through the sky.’
      • ‘I also heard what sounded like a muted jet aircraft engine.’
      • ‘Two company executives and three flight crew were killed when their private jet crashed shortly after take-off.’
      • ‘In 1986, hijackers seize a U.S. jumbo jet at Karachi's airport.’
      • ‘In strictly military terms, a guided missile is little different from a kamikaze or a hijacked passenger jet.’
      • ‘How often have you ever heard of someone who qualified to fly fighter jets never flying a plane again?’
      • ‘Maxine invites a woman she barely knows into Shadow Fox's private jet plane.’
      • ‘More and more privately owned jets are landing at Provincetown's small airport.’
      • ‘She got on the small jet plane that only took 50 or so passengers.’
      • ‘The six freed hostages boarded a Libyan chartered jet in Cebu yesterday on their way to Tripoli.’
      • ‘He insisted on training to fly a jumbo jet despite an obvious lack of skill even with small planes.’
      • ‘Alison and Rachel boarded the private jet at exactly 2 hours after the mission briefing.’
      • ‘Gunboats patrolled the sea lanes and the skies were covered by fighter jets launched from an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic.’
      • ‘Flashes of memories came thundering back to me as jets roared in the clouds.’
      • ‘The carrier will use regional jets on the routes for the time being, The Post says.’
      • ‘The buildings were designed to withstand the force of even a bigger jumbo jet crashing.’
      • ‘The Indian Government has also chosen to buy 66 Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft.’
      • ‘The Texans left on a jet plane riding a Rocky Mountain high to Denver.’
      jet plane, jetliner
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verb

  • 1no object, with adverbial of direction Spurt out in jets.

    ‘blood jetted from his nostrils’
    • ‘Enemies struck by gunfire don't just fall over backwards; they jet blood like the lawn sprinkler in Hell, then collapse into a heap.’
    • ‘Blood jetted from the cut, the young man fell down, dead.’
    • ‘The six giant grey cattle thundered along the embankment, their nostrils jetting steam in the cold air of a Hungarian autumn morning.’
    • ‘Radiating from the effulgences, water jetted from the blue as fire spurted from the red.’
    • ‘Agitations made her anger spew from her mouth like steam jetting from a teapot's flapping lid.’
    • ‘Robotic high pressure water jetting also greatly reduces the risks of injury to operations personnel.’
    • ‘In several locations, rivers of mercury flowed from the planet's core, and occasional bursts of exploding methane jetted from the deeper craters.’
    • ‘Black blood jetted from the wound, and Narajao thrashed wildly.’
    squirt, spurt, shoot, spray, fountain, erupt
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  • 2no object, with adverbial of direction Travel by jet aircraft.

    ‘the newly weds jetted off for a honeymoon in New York’
    • ‘There's also the little matter of the Interim Government jetting about, all over the world… traveling from one place to the next.’
    • ‘The Springboks jetted into East London Airport last night.’
    • ‘Travellers are being told that a little preparation now before jetting off can save a great deal of heartache later.’
    • ‘The arguments have already been well rehearsed against the SPL teams jetting off to sunny climes.’
    • ‘The IMF and the World Bank find him a ridiculous figure, jetting around the world while his people starve.’
    • ‘The film, which gives young travellers safety tips before jetting off for adventures, is being made available to sixth-form colleges across the country.’
    • ‘Much of this travel is businessmen and women jetting around the world to meetings.’
    • ‘While jetting around the world to meet foreign leaders, he has rarely ventured outside Kabul to meet local ones.’
    • ‘Another boondoggle for the rich to jet somewhere exotic to gush over their concern for the poor.’
    • ‘It must be annoying for under-funded museum staff to see a travelling droid circus jetting in from California.’
    • ‘He jets to Bruce Springsteen concerts, has several luxury cars and collects fossils in prehistoric amber.’
    • ‘The bride celebrated her birthday the day after the ceremony, as the newlyweds jetted out for their honeymoon in the Maldives.’
    • ‘Anne-Marie now has four weeks' leave and is jetting off on holiday with her husband.’
    • ‘Over 40 members of Annascaul GAA jetted out to the sun on Saturday last.’
    • ‘He jetted back to Ohio to attend the start of the Browns pre-season training.’
    • ‘The Boys on the Bus are jetting home this weekend on chartered or private aircraft.’
    • ‘For instance, no doubt you'll be jetting off on holiday anytime soon.’
    • ‘The newlyweds then jetted off to Costa Rica for an active honeymoon of hiking, diving and exploring the rain forest.’
    • ‘Two years ago, Chambers was jetting around the globe preaching the gospel of the new economy to world leaders.’
    • ‘Representing AORN's members as President means jetting around the globe.’
    fly, go by jet, travel by jet, go by plane, travel by plane, go by air, travel by air
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Origin

Late 16th century (as a verb meaning ‘jut out’): from French jeter ‘to throw’, based on Latin jactare, frequentative of jacere ‘to throw’.

Pronunciation

jet

/dʒɛt/

Main definitions of jet in English

: jet1jet2JET3

jet2

noun

mass noun
  • 1A hard black semi-precious variety of lignite, capable of being carved and highly polished.

    as modifier ‘jet beads’
    • ‘A mouse runs up the side of a sack like a clockwork toy, then suddenly stops dead and watches me with his little eyes like tiny jet beads.’
    • ‘Saba's eyes shone like stones of black jet as he greedily reached for the beer, downing it in one gulp.’
    • ‘It appeared, he noticed, almost like a shiny black, like jet, in the artificial orange glow.’
    • ‘Remarkably, the polished jet fastener must have been traded from Whitby in Yorkshire, more than 200 miles away.’
    • ‘Around the girl's neck was a gold choker set with glittering black jet, and on her head sat a gold crown.’
    • ‘Here, beads or pendants of jet or similar materials have been found beside beads of amber, faience, bone, wood, shell or stone.’
    • ‘He was a dark iron gray with a broad chest and fine quarters, clean limbed with perfect feet, and hoofs as black as jet.’
    • ‘If it were cold, a jacket would be worn, decorated with jet beads, which could add as much as ten pounds to her clothing.’
    1. 1.1 A glossy black colour.
      as modifier ‘her jet-black hair’
      • ‘Behind it stood a tall, middle aged male in a jet black suit, jet black dress shirt and gray tie.’
      • ‘He was about six foot nine with jet black hair and very disturbing black eyes.’
      • ‘His short jet-black hair and black trench coat made him almost invisible against the background.’
      • ‘She is beautiful beyond words, with her jet black hair and white, translucent skin.’
      • ‘That lustrous mane of jet-black hair is steel-grey now, and swept back from his brow.’
      • ‘He had jet-black messy hair and mysterious black eyes that were hidden behind his glasses.’
      • ‘He nodded, a full, thick head of jet black hair framing his face like a B-list Breugel.’
      • ‘He had sad neon-blue eyes, a black leather jacket, black boots and jet-black gloves.’
      • ‘Back then, her jet black hair fell to her waist, her panyol heritage obvious in her features.’
      • ‘Laura is pale and blonde; Marian has a darker complexion and jet-black hair.’
      • ‘Harry was small and skinny with brilliant green eyes and jet black hair that was always untidy.’
      • ‘One was dressed in black, with long, smooth black hair and equally jet black eyes.’
      • ‘The other was really, really tall, with long jet black hair and slanted black eyes.’
      • ‘The fairy was about four inches tall and had jet black hair with ice blue eyes and a shimmering white dress with pale blue accents.’
      • ‘Spade's jet-black hair was worn into a bun and her black flight suit hugged her curves tightly.’
      • ‘Cassandra has jet-black hair, shorter than Travis's and almost black eyes with light skin.’
      • ‘Finland must be the only country on earth where natural corngold and silky white line up to dye their hair jet black.’
      • ‘Spiky jet black hair and shockingly bright blue eyes were only a few of his amazing traits.’
      • ‘She was wearing a mauve suit, sharp black heels, and her jet black hair was tied in a bun.’
      • ‘A tall, slender girl with jet-black hair with tan skin and dark, dark brown eyes opened the door.’
      black, jet-black, pitch-black, as black as pitch, pitchy, pitch-dark, inky, ink-black, sloe-black, coal-black, ebony, raven, sable, sooty
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French jaiet, from Latin Gagates, from Greek gagatēs ‘from Gagai’, a town in Asia Minor.

Pronunciation

jet

/dʒɛt/

Main definitions of jet in English

: jet1jet2JET3

JET3

abbreviation

  • Joint European Torus, a machine for conducting experiments in nuclear fusion, at Culham in Oxfordshire.