1. Goods that are cast overboard from a ship, especially in an attempt to lighten the ship, and that sink to the bottom of a body of water.
2. Discarded odds and ends.
[From earlier jetson, alteration of Middle English jetteson, a throwing overboard; see JETTISON.]
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