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    A term descriptive of goods which, by the act of the owner, have been voluntarily cast overboard from a vessel, In a storm or other emergency, to lighten the ship. 1 C. B. 113. Jetsam is where goods are cast into the sea, and there sink and remain under water. More...
    The act of throwing overboard from a vessel part of the cargo, in case of extreme danger, to lighten the ship. The same name is also given to the thing or things so cast out. Gray v. Wain, 2 Serg. & R. (Pa.) 254, 7 Am. Dec. 642; Butler v. More...
    Fr. In French law. Speculation in the public funds or in stocks; gambling speculations on the stock exchange; dealings in "options" and "futures."
    By "jewels" are meant ornaments of the person, such as ear-rings, pearls, diamonds, etc., which are prepared to be worn. See Com. v. Stephens, 14 Pick. (Mass.) 373; Robbins v. Robertson (C. C.) 33 Fed. 710; Cavendish v. Cavendish, 1 Brown Ch. 409; Ramaley v. Leland, 43 N. Y. 541, More...
  • JOB
    The whole of a thing which is to be done. "To build by plot, or to work by the job, is to undertake a building for a certain stipulated price." Civ. Code La. art 2727.
    One who buys and sells goods for others; one who buys or sells on the stock exchange; a dealer in stocks, shares, or securities.
    In old English law. Jewels. This term was formerly more properly applied to those ornaments which women, al- though married, call their own. When these jocalia are not suitable to her degree, they are assets for the payment of debts. 1 Rolle, Abr. 911.
    A little manor or farm. Cowell.
    In old English law. A game of hazard. Reg. Orig. 290.
    In old English practice. A divided game, risk, or hazard. An arrangement which the parties to a suit were anciently sometimes allowed to make by mutual agreement upon a certain hazard, as that one should lose if the case turned out in a certain way, and, if it did not, More...
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