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jetty

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛti
 
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Definition of jetty in English:

noun (plural jetties)

1A landing stage or small pier at which boats can dock or be moored: Ben jumped ashore and tied the rowboat up to the small wooden jetty
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  • The tender runs from the first row of old wooden jetties.
  • The wooden jetty which jutted out into the waters was long, but the Lake seemed to dwarf it effortlessly.
  • History has it that Swami Vivekananda had reached the boat jetty on December 3, 1892.
1.1A bridge or staircase used by passengers boarding an aircraft: aircraft will not be connected to passenger jetties during maintenance
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  • New passenger jetties will be added to prevent potential accidents during rough conditions.
  • The students and their teachers were asked to design and build a passenger jetty, which would help to transfer passengers from the terminals to the planes.
  • New passenger jetties will be added to prevent potential accidents during rough conditions.
1.2A breakwater constructed to protect or defend a harbour, stretch of coast, or riverbank: engineers constructed jetties in the river to control erosion
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  • During migration and winter, they inhabit rocky coasts, reefs, jetties, and breakwaters.
  • A significant on-farm innovation has been the installation of jetties on the riverbanks by Braum's own construction crews.
  • ‘All the old timber jetties along the coast over time reach the end of their lives,’ Mr Flottmann said.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French jetee, feminine past participle of jeter 'to throw' (see jet1).

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  • jet from (late 16th century):

    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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