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

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Syllabification: jet

noun

1A rapid stream of liquid or gas forced out of a small opening: a high-pressure shower with pulsating jets
More example sentences
  • Through this a thin jet of liquid would flow into the mouth of the ritual drinker or brotherhood performer.
  • This process results in two jets of hadronic particles as the quarks form hadrons.
  • A jagged crack shot through the ice and water gushed up in jets and spurts.
Synonyms
stream, spurt, squirt, spray, spout;
gush, rush, surge, burst
1.1A nozzle or narrow opening for sending out a jet of liquid or gas: Agnes turned up the gas jet
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  • Once that has been signed and returned, and the cost of new nozzles and jets paid, Egoli Gas will make the conversion.
  • The ejected material is channeled into narrow jets perpendicular to the disk, while material from the disk falls onto the protostar.
  • For all I know, the company may have toyed with the idea of slightly widening the nozzle on the windscreen-washer jets.
2An aircraft powered by one or more jet engines: a private jet [as modifier]: a jet plane
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  • Gunboats patrolled the sea lanes and the skies were covered by fighter jets launched from an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic.
  • How often have you ever heard of someone who qualified to fly fighter jets never flying a plane again?
  • He insisted on training to fly a jumbo jet despite an obvious lack of skill even with small planes.
Synonyms
jet plane, jetliner;
aircraft, plane, jumbo jet
2.1A jet engine.
Example sentences
  • Stepping through the hole, he fires the suit's jump jets.
  • They finally quit, then several airplanes flew over, then a jet roared.
  • The jets contain relativistic winds that interact and collide, creating shock waves and emitting high-energy X-rays and gamma rays.

verb (jets, jetting, jetted)

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1Travel by jet aircraft: the newlyweds jetted off for a honeymoon in New York
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  • There's also the little matter of the Interim Government jetting about, all over the world… traveling from one place to the next.
  • The film, which gives young travellers safety tips before jetting off for adventures, is being made available to sixth-form colleges across the country.
  • It must be annoying for under-funded museum staff to see a travelling droid circus jetting in from California.
2Spurt out in jets: blood jetted from his nostrils
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  • Blood jetted from the cut, the young man fell down, dead.
  • Black blood jetted from the wound, and Narajao thrashed wildly.
  • In several locations, rivers of mercury flowed from the planet's core, and occasional bursts of exploding methane jetted from the deeper craters.

Origin

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

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  • The name jet for a hard black semi-precious mineral comes ultimately from the Greek word gagatēs ‘from Gagai’, a town in Asia Minor. When we refer to a jet of water or gas, or a jet aircraft, we are using a quite different word. It comes from a late 16th-century verb meaning ‘to jut out’, from French jeter ‘to throw’, which goes back to the Latin jacere ‘to throw’. Jut (mid 16th century) is a variant of jet in this sense. Jacere is found in a large number of English words including abject (Late Middle English) literally ‘thrown away’; conjecture (Late Middle English) ‘throw together’; deject (Late Middle English) ‘thrown down’; ejaculate (late 16th century) from jaculum ‘dart, something thrown’; eject (Late Middle English) ‘throw out’; inject (late 16th century) ‘throw in’; jetty (Late Middle English) something thrown out into the water; project (Late Middle English) ‘throw forth’; subject (Middle English) ‘thrown under’; trajectory (late 17th century) ‘something thrown across’. Especially if you use budget airlines, air travel today is far from glamorous, but in the 1950s the idea of flying abroad by jet aircraft was new and sophisticated. At the start of that decade people who flew for pleasure came to be known as the jet set.

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Syllabification: jet

noun

1A hard black semiprecious variety of lignite, capable of being carved and highly polished.
Example sentences
  • Saba's eyes shone like stones of black jet as he greedily reached for the beer, downing it in one gulp.
  • He was a dark iron gray with a broad chest and fine quarters, clean limbed with perfect feet, and hoofs as black as jet.
  • Around the girl's neck was a gold choker set with glittering black jet, and on her head sat a gold crown.
1.1A glossy black color: [as modifier]: the gloss of her jet hair jet black
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  • His short jet-black hair and black trench coat made him almost invisible against the background.
  • 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.
Synonyms

Origin

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

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  • The name jet for a hard black semi-precious mineral comes ultimately from the Greek word gagatēs ‘from Gagai’, a town in Asia Minor. When we refer to a jet of water or gas, or a jet aircraft, we are using a quite different word. It comes from a late 16th-century verb meaning ‘to jut out’, from French jeter ‘to throw’, which goes back to the Latin jacere ‘to throw’. Jut (mid 16th century) is a variant of jet in this sense. Jacere is found in a large number of English words including abject (Late Middle English) literally ‘thrown away’; conjecture (Late Middle English) ‘throw together’; deject (Late Middle English) ‘thrown down’; ejaculate (late 16th century) from jaculum ‘dart, something thrown’; eject (Late Middle English) ‘throw out’; inject (late 16th century) ‘throw in’; jetty (Late Middle English) something thrown out into the water; project (Late Middle English) ‘throw forth’; subject (Middle English) ‘thrown under’; trajectory (late 17th century) ‘something thrown across’. Especially if you use budget airlines, air travel today is far from glamorous, but in the 1950s the idea of flying abroad by jet aircraft was new and sophisticated. At the start of that decade people who flew for pleasure came to be known as the jet set.

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