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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Jess  \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 
  Like  a  hawk,  which  feeling  freed  From  bells  and  jesses 
  which  did  let  her  flight.  --Spenser.