Main definitions of jet in English

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jet1

nounPlural jets

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

    ‘a jet of boiling water spurted over his hand’
    • ‘Through this a thin jet of liquid would flow into the mouth of the ritual drinker or brotherhood performer.’
    • ‘He opened his mouth wide and squirted a jet of water in.’
    • ‘State-of-the-art special effects include three-foot high fireballs, water jets and dancing fountains around the bamboo dance floor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The liquid jet as it strikes the solid surface can cause localized erosion and surface pitting.’
    • ‘The net effect is a liquid jet in the direction of the surface.’
    • ‘For this Friday Market in Kuwait, hot dry external air is humidified with jets of atomized water, and cooled to near wet bulb temperature.’
    • ‘Even in the height of summer, there are sprinklers going in everyone's garden and huge jets of water spraying crops throughout the day.’
    • ‘This process results in two jets of hadronic particles as the quarks form hadrons.’
    • ‘He lifted his hands and shot a jet of water towards one of the flaming walls.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Oni was sending jets of flames towards the soldiers, burning their dark iron armor.’
    • ‘A confined jet of compressed air pressurizes the inspiratory airflow.’
    • ‘Attached to the end of a wooden staff, they might shoot jets of flame at attackers.’
    • ‘Natural thermal springs abound and scores of tourist spots feature bubbling pools or jets of steam shooting from the ground.’
    • ‘According to dictionary definitions and everyday usage, a fountain is a jet of water that spurts up into the air.’
    • ‘From her hands burst jets of water that slowly put out the bird's fire.’
    • ‘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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘For all I know, the company may have toyed with the idea of slightly widening the nozzle on the windscreen-washer jets.’
      • ‘Positioned side by side, these hot tub jets provide gentle treatment to your shoulders and upper back.’
      • ‘A steam shower is a nice luxury feature similar to a shower, except jets emit steam instead of water.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Nozzles direct the spray droplets into the air jets.’
      • ‘Off the bathroom, steps lead to a raised Jacuzzi with 16 air jets and 8 water jets, all adjustable.’
      • ‘It could lead to improvements in devices that use liquid jets, as well as microjets that guide light.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The ejected material is channeled into narrow jets perpendicular to the disk, while material from the disk falls onto the protostar.’
      • ‘The wort is pumped from the kettle, and forced back into the kettle through a jet nozzle.’
      nozzle, head, spray, rose, atomizer, sprinkler, sprinkler head, spout, nose
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  • 2A jet engine.

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

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

    ‘blood jetted from his nostrils’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The six giant grey cattle thundered along the embankment, their nostrils jetting steam in the cold air of a Hungarian autumn morning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Blood jetted from the cut, the young man fell down, dead.’
    • ‘Radiating from the effulgences, water jetted from the blue as fire spurted from the red.’
    • ‘Enemies struck by gunfire don't just fall over backwards; they jet blood like the lawn sprinkler in Hell, then collapse into a heap.’
    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’
    • ‘The bride celebrated her birthday the day after the ceremony, as the newlyweds jetted out for their honeymoon in the Maldives.’
    • ‘The Boys on the Bus are jetting home this weekend on chartered or private aircraft.’
    • ‘The arguments have already been well rehearsed against the SPL teams jetting off to sunny climes.’
    • ‘Two years ago, Chambers was jetting around the globe preaching the gospel of the new economy to world leaders.’
    • ‘The Springboks jetted into East London Airport last night.’
    • ‘He jetted back to Ohio to attend the start of the Browns pre-season training.’
    • ‘The film, which gives young travellers safety tips before jetting off for adventures, is being made available to sixth-form colleges across the country.’
    • ‘For instance, no doubt you'll be jetting off on holiday anytime soon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The IMF and the World Bank find him a ridiculous figure, jetting around the world while his people starve.’
    • ‘He jets to Bruce Springsteen concerts, has several luxury cars and collects fossils in prehistoric amber.’
    • ‘Travellers are being told that a little preparation now before jetting off can save a great deal of heartache later.’
    • ‘The newlyweds then jetted off to Costa Rica for an active honeymoon of hiking, diving and exploring the rain forest.’
    • ‘Over 40 members of Annascaul GAA jetted out to the sun on Saturday last.’
    • ‘It must be annoying for under-funded museum staff to see a travelling droid circus jetting in from California.’
    • ‘Representing AORN's members as President means jetting around the globe.’
    • ‘Another boondoggle for the rich to jet somewhere exotic to gush over their concern for the poor.’
    • ‘There's also the little matter of the Interim Government jetting about, all over the world… traveling from one place to the next.’
    • ‘Anne-Marie now has four weeks' leave and is jetting off on holiday with her husband.’
    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

nounPlural jets

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

    as modifier ‘jet beads’
    • ‘Here, beads or pendants of jet or similar materials have been found beside beads of amber, faience, bone, wood, shell or stone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was a dark iron gray with a broad chest and fine quarters, clean limbed with perfect feet, and hoofs as black as jet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘She was wearing a mauve suit, sharp black heels, and her jet black hair was tied in a bun.’
      • ‘Spiky jet black hair and shockingly bright blue eyes were only a few of his amazing traits.’
      • ‘She is beautiful beyond words, with her jet black hair and white, translucent skin.’
      • ‘Finland must be the only country on earth where natural corngold and silky white line up to dye their hair jet black.’
      • ‘That lustrous mane of jet-black hair is steel-grey now, and swept back from his brow.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He nodded, a full, thick head of jet black hair framing his face like a B-list Breugel.’
      • ‘He was about six foot nine with jet black hair and very disturbing black eyes.’
      • ‘The other was really, really tall, with long jet black hair and slanted black eyes.’
      • ‘Harry was small and skinny with brilliant green eyes and jet black hair that was always untidy.’
      • ‘Back then, her jet black hair fell to her waist, her panyol heritage obvious in her features.’
      • ‘He had sad neon-blue eyes, a black leather jacket, black boots and jet-black gloves.’
      • ‘Laura is pale and blonde; Marian has a darker complexion and jet-black hair.’
      • ‘A tall, slender girl with jet-black hair with tan skin and dark, dark brown eyes opened the door.’
      • ‘Behind it stood a tall, middle aged male in a jet black suit, jet black dress shirt and gray tie.’
      • ‘His short jet-black hair and black trench coat made him almost invisible against the background.’
      • ‘Cassandra has jet-black hair, shorter than Travis's and almost black eyes with light skin.’
      • ‘Spade's jet-black hair was worn into a bun and her black flight suit hugged her curves tightly.’
      • ‘He had jet-black messy hair and mysterious black eyes that were hidden behind his glasses.’
      • ‘One was dressed in black, with long, smooth black hair and equally jet black eyes.’
      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.