One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An outer garment extending either to the waist or the hips, typically having sleeves and a fastening down the front.
- ‘I reached into the front pocket of my jacket and took out a small business card.’
- ‘The mystery caller was stocky and dressed in a blouson jacket and a baseball cap.’
- ‘The 10 are then trained to operate speed guns identical to those used by police and kitted out with official-looking high-visibility jackets.’
- ‘Jean grabs him by the lapel of his tuxedo jacket and narrows her green eyes at him.’
- ‘Often featuring a snap front and drawstring waist, this jacket maybe lined or unlined.’
- ‘Jean skirts, jean jackets, and all lengths and styles of jeans can give your wardrobe great variety!’
- ‘The jackets are skillfully constructed, whether impeccable blazers or little jackets with bouffant sleeves.’
- ‘Suspicions were raised when a chamber maid saw documents in his jacket which contradicted his story.’
- ‘Like jean jackets, your jeans can be worn with multiple tops and shoe styles.’
- ‘The popular lengths for jackets this fall are waist length, three-quarter length and trench coat length.’
- ‘He unbuttoned the tuxedo jacket and rolled the sleeves to his elbows.’
- ‘Damian pulled out an envelope from his jacket and sat across from Stephanie, his other hand still holding onto her delicate fingers.’
- ‘Romanov pulled out a file folder from her jacket slowly, ensuring that the bodyguards saw what she held, and handed it to Mr. Devlin.’
- ‘From leather jackets and blazers, to pants, yes, pants, learn to look stylish in the latest trend.’
- ‘Get ready for the heat with the latest in outerwear; from trench coats to suede jackets.’
- ‘The key here is to get her something between a jacket and a blazer that she can just throw on with any outfit.’
- ‘At the time he had a goatee beard and was wearing a waist length jacket with maroon coloured sleeves, dark coloured jeans and dark coloured footwear.’
- ‘Joy removed the matching boutonnière from its clear plastic container and pinned it on the lapel of his tuxedo jacket.’
- ‘He misjudged her reaction, and removed his leather jacket, enveloping her shoulders with it.’
- ‘For evening, her navy tuxedo jacket has satin trim on the collar, pocket and sleeves, and is a modern twist on a classic design.’
- 1.1 An outer covering, especially one placed around a tank or pipe to insulate it.
- ‘Install an insulating jacket around the hot water heater to improve its heat retention capability.’
- ‘If your water heater is located in an unheated space, bundle it up with an insulating jacket.’
- ‘Similarly, a steel and concrete jacket was secured to the swing span central pier in 1936.’
- ‘If you have a conventional water heater, give it a wrap as well with an insulated jacket that will help prevent energy loss.’
- ‘Bosch designed a thin inner liner of soft steel that sealed the gases in, its pressure load supported by a stout perforated steel jacket.’
- 1.2 A metal casing for a bullet.
- ‘One of the reasons is that good match bullets often have thin jackets which can be more uniform and concentric.’
- ‘The bullet was produced with a cupro-nickel jacket over a lead core.’
- ‘I test fired the Robar 228 with a wide variety of full metal jacket and hollow-point loads to test for reliability.’
- ‘The idea of an EFMJ is a bullet whose jacket is weakened from the inside so that it splits open on contact with a target.’
- ‘In 1948, the Nosler Partition Bullet Co. formed to make bullet jackets turned out one at a time on a lathe.’
- 1.3 The skin of a potato.‘potatoes cooked in their jackets’
- ‘All we ate every day was a piece of black bread and three potatoes cooked in their jackets.’
- ‘What next, said the Herald, oranges with no peel, potatoes without jackets?’
- ‘New season potatoes, baked in their jackets and dressed ever so slightly with olive oil are the best possible accompaniment to properly cooked burgers and a green salad.’
- 1.4 The dust jacket of a book.
- ‘You may not have heard of House Industries, but you will undoubtedly have seen their work, be it on book jackets, CD covers or in the typography of advertising.’
- ‘This week's review is a hard cover book with a hard-hitting jacket, determined to catch your attention.’
- ‘Chris Moore lives in another world - but it's all in a day's work for the artist whose illustrations have been used on the book jackets of some of the world's top authors.’
- ‘A selection of books are on display with a summary of the story covering the book jacket.’
- ‘The atmosphere is literary, with the walls covered in huge posters of book jackets of American literary masterpieces.’
- 1.5 A record sleeve.
- ‘Record jackets of all types lined the walls and memorabilia from the rock and roll era filled the many shelves all around the establishment.’
- ‘While I gazed at walls decorated with faded record jackets, the owner enthralled me with his in-depth knowledge of this musical genre.’
- ‘Nelly nodded looking over my shoulder at the titles on the jackets of the records.’
- 1.6 A steel frame fixed to the seabed, forming the support structure of an oil production platform.
Cover with a jacket.
- ‘Old stoves have been jacketed and furnaces put in. Artificial lighting systems have been installed.’
- ‘For cladding-pumped laser experiments, some preforms have been jacketed with a second quartz glass tube in order to increase the cladding-core relation.’
- ‘While most bullets have been jacketed with copper-zinc alloy, a variety of other hard metals, including tungsten, have been used.’
Late Middle English: from Old French jaquet, diminutive of jaque (see jack).
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