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Middle English wrek, from Anglo-Norman wrek, from Old Norse *wrek (Norwegian and Icelandic rek, Swedish vrak), from Proto-Germanic *wrekan?, whence also Old English wrecan (English wreak), Old High German rehhan, Old Saxon wrekan, Gothic (wrikan).
wreck (plural wrecks)
- Something or someone that has been ruined.
- He was an emotional wreck after the death of his wife.
- Synonym: basket case, mess
- The remains of something that has been severely damaged or worn down.
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- To the fair haven of my native home, / The wreck of what I was, fatigued I come.
- An event in which something is damaged through collision.
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- the wreck of matter and the crush of worlds
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- Hard and obstinate / As is a rock amidst the raging floods, / 'Gainst which a ship, of succour desolate, / Doth suffer wreck, both of herself and goods.
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- Its intellectual life was thus able to go on amidst the wreck of its political life.
- (law) Goods, etc. cast ashore by the sea after a shipwreck.
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wreck (third-person singular simple present wrecks, present participle wrecking, simple past and past participle wrecked)
- To destroy violently; to cause severe damage to something, to a point where it no longer works, or is useless.
- He wrecked the car in a collision.
- That adulterous hussy wrecked my marriage!
1610-1611, William Shakespeare, "The Tempest", in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene ii]:
Supposing that they saw the king's ship wrecked.
- To ruin or dilapidate.
- (Australia) To dismantle wrecked vehicles or other objects, to reclaim any useful parts.
- To involve in a wreck; hence, to cause to suffer ruin; to balk of success, and bring disaster on.
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- Weak and envied, if they should conspire, / They wreck themselves.
to dismantle wrecked objects