Dictionary: JEST'ING – JEW'EL

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JEST'ING, ppr.

Joking; talking for diversion or merriment.


In a jocose manner; not in earnest. – Herbert.


A laughing-stock; a butt of ridicule. – Googe.

JES'U-IT, n. [s as z.]

One of the society of Jesus, so called, founded by Ignatius Loyola; a society remarkable for their cunning in propagating their principles.


Conforming to the principles of the Jesuits. – White.


A female Jesuit in principle. – Bp. Hall.


  1. Pertaining to the Jesuits or their principles and arts.
  2. Designing; cunning; deceitful; prevaricating.




  1. The arts; principles and practices of the Jesuits.
  2. Cunning; deceit; hypocrisy; prevarication; deceptive, practices to effect a purpose.


Peruvian bark; the bark of certain species of Cinchona, trees of Peru.

JET, n.1 [D. git; Fr. jayet; L. gagates.]

A solid, dry, black, inflammable fossil substance, harder than asphalt, susceptible of a good polish, and glossy in its fracture, which is conchoidal or undulating. It is found not in strata or continued masses, but in unconnected heaps. It is wrought into toys, buttons, mourning jewels, &c. – Nicholson. Encyc. Jet is regarded as a variety of lignite, or coal originating in wood. – Haüy. Cleaveland.

JET, n.2 [Fr. jet, It. getto, a cast; probably from L. jactus, whence Fr. jetter, It. gettare, to throw.]

  1. A spout, spouting or shooting of water; a jet d'eau.
  2. A yard. – Tusser.
  3. Drift; scope. [Not in use, or local.]

JET, v.i. [See the noun.]

  1. To shoot forward; to shoot out; to project; to jut; to intrude. – Shak.
  2. To strut; to throw or toss the body in haughtiness. – Shak.
  3. To jerk; to jolt; to be shaken. – Wiseman. [This orthography is rarely used. See Jut.]

JET-D'EAU, n. [Jet d'eau; zhedo; Fr. a throw of water.]

A spout for delivering water.

JET'SAM, or JET'SON, n. [or JET'TI-SON; Fr. jetter, to throw.]

In law and commerce, properly, the throwing of goods overboard in order to lighten a ship in a tempest for her preservation. The word may however be used for the goods thus thrown away, or adverbially. Jetsam, is where goods are cast into the sea, and there sink and remain under water; flotsam, is where they continue swimming; flotsam, is where they are sunk in the sea, but tied to a cork or buoy. – Park. Blackstone.

JET-TEAU, n. [jet'to; Fr. jet d'eau.]

A throw or spout of water. – Addison.


A projection in a building.

JET'TY, a.

Made of jet, or black as jet. – Prior. Pope.

JET'TY, n.

A small pier or projection into a river for narrowing it and raising the water above that place. – Cyc.

JET'TY, v.i.

To jut.


The projecting part of a wharf; the front of a wharf whose side forms one of the cheeks of a dock. – Mar. Dict.

JEU-DE-MOTS, n. [Jeu de mots; zhu de mo; Fr.]

A play upon words; a pun.

JEU-DE-SPRIT, n. [Jeu d'esprit; zhu de spree; Fr.]

A witticism; a play of wit.

JEW, n. [a contraction of Judas or Judah.]

A Hebrew or Israelite.

JEW'EL, n. [It. gioia, joy, mirth, a jewel; gioiello, a jewel; Fr. joyau; Sp. joya, joyel; G. juwel; D. juweel. It is from the root of joy. Low L. jocale. Class Cg.]

  1. An ornament worn by ladies, usually consisting of a precious stone, or set with one or more; a pendant worn in the ear.
  2. A precious stone. – Shak.
  3. A name expressive of fondness. A mother calls her child her jewel.