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JETTISON, or JETSAM. The casting out of a vessel, from necessity, a part of the lading; the thing cast out also bears the same name; it differs from flotsam in this, that in the latter the goods float, while in the former they sink, and remain under water; it differ; also from ligan. (q.v.)
     2. The jettison must be made for sufficient cause, and not from groundless timidity. In must be made in a case of extremity, when the ship is in danger of perishing by the fury of a storm, or is laboring upon rocks or shallows, or is closely pursued by pirates or enemies.
     3. If the residue of the cargo be saved by such sacrifice, the property saved is bound to pay a: proportion of, the loss. In ascertaining such average. loss, the goods lost and saved are both to be valued at the price they would have brought at the place of delivery, on the ship's arrival there, freight, duties and other charges being deducted. Marsh. Ins. 246; 3 Kent, Com. 185 to 187; Park. Ins., 123; Poth. Chartepartie, n. 108, et suiv; Boulay-Paty, Dr. Com. tit. 13; Pardessus, Dr. Com. n. 734; 1 Ware's R. 9.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Small practice bombs jettisoned by the aircraft have also been recovered.
He said the aircraft on their way back to India jettisoned the payload that ultimately landed in Jabba, which is about 45 km from the place of jettisoning.
The fourth satellite the pair sent into orbit was a cylindrical satellite called the TNS-0 for testing technologies for new space communication and navigation, it was jettisoned at 11:21 a.m.
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As the Tomcat descended through 7,500 feet, the RIO said, "We're out of here," jettisoned the canopy, and initiated command eject.
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Since then, the winning scheme has been jettisoned, to be replaced by a design shrouded in secrecy but apparently by Sefik Birkiye of Atelier d'Art Urbain in Brussels.
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