Definitions for ruinˈru ɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ru•inˈru ɪn(n.)

  1. ruins, the remains of a building, city, etc., that has been destroyed or is decaying.

  2. a destroyed or decayed building, town, etc.

  3. a fallen, wrecked, or decayed condition:

    The house fell into ruin.

  4. the downfall, decay, or destruction of anything.

  5. the complete loss of health, means, position, hope, or the like.

  6. something that causes a downfall or destruction; blight:

    Alcohol was my ruin.

  7. the downfall of a person; undoing.

  8. a person as the wreck of his or her former self.

  9. the act of causing destruction or a downfall.

  10. (v.t.)to reduce to ruin; devastate.

  11. to bring to financial ruin; bankrupt.

  12. to injure (a thing) irretrievably.

  13. to deflower (a woman) by seduction.

  14. (v.i.)to fall into ruins.

  15. to come to ruin.

Origin of ruin:

1325–75; ME ruine < MF < L ruīna headlong rush, collapse, ruin =ru(ere) to fall +-īna -ine3

ru′in•er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ruin, ruination(noun)

    an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction

    "you have brought ruin on this entire family"

  2. ruin(noun)

    a ruined building

    "they explored several Roman ruins"

  3. dilapidation, ruin(noun)

    the process of becoming dilapidated

  4. ruin, ruination(noun)

    an event that results in destruction

  5. downfall, ruin, ruination(noun)

    failure that results in a loss of position or reputation

  6. laying waste, ruin, ruining, ruination, wrecking(verb)

    destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined

  7. destroy, ruin(verb)

    destroy completely; damage irreparably

    "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up"

  8. ruin(verb)

    destroy or cause to fail

    "This behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election"

  9. bankrupt, ruin, break, smash(verb)

    reduce to bankruptcy

    "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"; "The slump in the financial markets smashed him"

  10. ruin(verb)

    reduce to ruins

    "The country lay ruined after the war"

  11. deflower, ruin(verb)

    deprive of virginity

    "This dirty old man deflowered several young girls in the village"

  12. ruin(verb)

    fall into ruin

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ruin(verb)ˈru ɪn

    to spoil or damage

    I ruined my white skirt when I spilt wine on it.; Smoking can ruin your health.

  2. ruinˈru ɪn

    to cause sb to lose all their money

    High bills that almost ruined our business.

  3. ruin(noun)ˈru ɪn

    the remains of a building that has fallen down or been destroyed

    the ruins of an old castle

  4. ruinˈru ɪn

    when sb loses all their money

    a family facing financial ruin

  5. ruinˈru ɪn

    in a very bad condition or destroyed

    She felt her life was in ruins.

Wiktionary

  1. ruin(Noun)

    construction withered by time.

  2. ruin(Noun)

    The state of being a ruin, destroyed or decayed.

    The monastery has fallen into ruin.

  3. ruin(Noun)

    Something which leads to serious troubles.

    Gambling has been the ruin to many.

  4. ruin(Verb)

    to cause the ruin of.

  5. ruin(Verb)

    To destroy or make something no longer be able to be for good use.

    He ruined his new white slacks by accidentally spilling oil on them.

  6. ruin(Verb)

    To mess up the plans or progress of, or to put into disarray; to spoil.

    My car breaking down just as I was on the road ruined my vacation.

  7. Origin: From ruine, from ruine, from ruina, from ruo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ruin(noun)

    the act of falling or tumbling down; fall

  2. Ruin(noun)

    such a change of anything as destroys it, or entirely defeats its object, or unfits it for use; destruction; overthrow; as, the ruin of a ship or an army; the ruin of a constitution or a government; the ruin of health or hopes

  3. Ruin(noun)

    that which is fallen down and become worthless from injury or decay; as, his mind is a ruin; especially, in the plural, the remains of a destroyed, dilapidated, or desolate house, fortress, city, or the like

  4. Ruin(noun)

    the state of being dcayed, or of having become ruined or worthless; as, to be in ruins; to go to ruin

  5. Ruin(noun)

    that which promotes injury, decay, or destruction

  6. Ruin(noun)

    to bring to ruin; to cause to fall to pieces and decay; to make to perish; to bring to destruction; to bring to poverty or bankruptcy; to impair seriously; to damage essentially; to overthrow

  7. Ruin(verb)

    to fall to ruins; to go to ruin; to become decayed or dilapidated; to perish

Freebase

  1. Ruin

    Ruin is the second album by the metalcore band Architects. This was the first album to feature the vocalist Sam Carter and bassist Alex "Ali Dino" Dean. Stylistically, this album displays a minor change in the band's style, with the mathcore of Nightmares being melded with a more fluid metalcore sound. Clean vocals are implemented again in a few songs,to a larger extent than on Nightmares, although not as prominently as in later releases. As well as a change in style this album marks a change in guitar tuning, from drop C to drop B, for all tracks, except Low, which features the same tuning as drop B, but with the low B tuned to F#.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ruin' in Nouns Frequency: #2886


Translations for ruin

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

ruin(noun)

a broken, collapsed or decayed state

the ruin of a city.

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