Definition of Flotsam

1. Noun. The floating wreckage of a ship.

Exact synonyms: Jetsam
Generic synonyms: Wreckage



Definition of Flotsam

1. n. Goods lost by shipwreck, and floating on the sea; -- in distinction from jetsam or jetson.

Definition of Flotsam

1. Noun. Debris floating in a river or sea, in particular fragments from a shipwreck. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Flotsam

1. floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Flotsam

flotation device
flotation method
flotational
flotations
flote
flotel
flotels
floterial
flotery
flotes
flother
flothers
flotilla
flotillas
flotillin
flotsam (current term)
flotsam and jetsam
flotsams
flotson
flotsons
flotten
floud
flounce
flounced
flounces
flouncier
flounciest
flouncily
flouncing
flouncingly

Literary usage of Flotsam

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1. A Treatise of the Law of Waters: Including the Law Relating to Rights in the by Humphry William Woolrych (1853)
"(n) flotsam, jetsam, and ligan, being on the land, pass by the grant of wreck, but this is only when the ship perishes, or the owner of the goods is not ..."

2. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
""flotsam," goods found floating on the вед after aa wreck. " Jetson," or Jetsam, thing« thrown out of a ship to lighten it. (Au- glo-Saxon,/otan, ..."

3. Tatterdemalion by John Galsworthy (1920)
"m flotsam AND JETSAM A REMINISCENCE The tides of the war were washing up millions of wrecked lives on all the shores; what mattered the flotsam of a ..."

4. Select Pleas in the Court of Admiralty by Great Britain High Court of Admiralty, Reginald Godfrey Marsden (1894)
"... flotsam—PRESENTMENT OF JURY. 1539. Act Book, No. 128, ad finem. There are also present- 44. ments of an anchor found at sea, of a mast found in the ..."

5. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"king's grant to a man of wrecks, things jetsam, flotsam, and ligan will not pass." § 411. (2) Statutes protecting wrecks; salvage.—"Wrecks, in their legal ..."

6. A New Law Dictionary and Institute of the Whole Law: For the Use of Students by Archibald Brown (1874)
"... of judgments in Admiralty 14-15 Collision 68 flotsam 158 ... of 172 Harbours 175 Jetsam, How distinguished from flotsam, How distinguished from lagan . ..."

7. A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1889)
"flotsam. Goods floating on the sea after a shipwreck. See Howell, 1660, sect. vi. ; Cot- grave, in v. Flo. ..."

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