Definitions for: Jess






Webster (1913) Definition: Jess, n.; pl. Jesses. [OF. gies, giez, prop. pl. of
giet, get, jet, F. jet, a throwing, jess. See Jet a
shooting forth.] (falconry)
A short strap of leather or silk secured round the leg of a
hawk, to which the leash or line, wrapped round the
falconer's hand, was attached when used. See Illust. of
Falcon.

Like a hawk, which feeling freed From bells and jesses
which did let her flight. --Spenser.

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