Definitions for wreckrɛk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. any building, structure, or thing reduced to ruin.

  2. wreckage, goods, etc., remaining above water after a shipwreck, esp. when cast ashore. the ruin or destruction of a vessel in the course of navigation; shipwreck. a vessel in a state of ruin from disaster at sea, on rocks, etc.

    Category: Nautical

  3. the ruin or destruction of anything.

  4. a person of ruined health; someone in bad shape physically or mentally.

  5. (v.t.)to cause the wreck of (a vessel); shipwreck.

    Category: Nautical

  6. to cause the ruin or destruction of:

    to wreck a car.

  7. to tear down; demolish:

    to wreck a building.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  8. (v.i.)to be involved in a wreck; become wrecked.

  9. to work as a wrecker; engage in wrecking.

Origin of wreck:

1200–50; (n.) ME wrec, perh. ult. < ON *wrek wreck; akin to wreak

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wreck(noun)

    something or someone that has suffered ruin or dilapidation

    "the house was a wreck when they bought it"; "thanks to that quack I am a human wreck"

  2. shipwreck, wreck(noun)

    an accident that destroys a ship at sea

  3. crash, wreck(noun)

    a serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles)

    "they are still investigating the crash of the TWA plane"

  4. wreck(verb)

    a ship that has been destroyed at sea

  5. bust up, wreck, wrack(verb)

    smash or break forcefully

    "The kid busted up the car"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. wreck(verb)ˈɛk

    to spoil or destroy

    He wrecked the car in the accident.

  2. wreck(noun)ˈɛk

    sth that has been very badly damaged and cannot be used any more

    the wreck of an old ship

  3. wreckˈɛk

    sb who is in a bad state physically or mentally

    I was a wreck after the funeral.

  4. wreckˈɛk

    a car accident

    She was killed in a car wreck.


  1. wreck(Noun)

    Something or someone that has been ruined.

  2. wreck(Noun)

    The remains of something that has been severely damaged or worn down.

  3. wreck(Noun)

    An event in which something is damaged through collision.

  4. wreck(Verb)

    To cause severe damage to something, to a point where it no longer works, or is useless.

    (Usage: A collision is often implied as the cause of the damage - "He wrecked the car")

  5. wreck(Verb)

    To ruin or dilapidate.

  6. wreck(Verb)

    To dismantle wrecked vehicles or other objects, to reclaim any useful parts. (Australia)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wreck

    see 2d & 3d Wreak

  2. Wreck(verb)

    the destruction or injury of a vessel by being cast on shore, or on rocks, or by being disabled or sunk by the force of winds or waves; shipwreck

  3. Wreck(verb)

    destruction or injury of anything, especially by violence; ruin; as, the wreck of a railroad train

  4. Wreck(verb)

    the ruins of a ship stranded; a ship dashed against rocks or land, and broken, or otherwise rendered useless, by violence and fracture; as, they burned the wreck

  5. Wreck(verb)

    the remain of anything ruined or fatally injured

  6. Wreck(verb)

    goods, etc., which, after a shipwreck, are cast upon the land by the sea

  7. Wreck(verb)

    to destroy, disable, or seriously damage, as a vessel, by driving it against the shore or on rocks, by causing it to become unseaworthy, to founder, or the like; to shipwreck

  8. Wreck(verb)

    to bring wreck or ruin upon by any kind of violence; to destroy, as a railroad train

  9. Wreck(verb)

    to involve in a wreck; hence, to cause to suffer ruin; to balk of success, and bring disaster on

  10. Wreck(verb)

    to suffer wreck or ruin

  11. Wreck(verb)

    to work upon a wreck, as in saving property or lives, or in plundering


  1. Wreck

    Wreck was an indie rock band formed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1988, and later based in Chicago. After releasing three albums the band split up in the mid-1990s, with singer/guitarist Dean Schlabowske going on to found The Waco Brothers.

Translations for wreck

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a very badly damaged ship

The divers found a wreck on the sea-bed.

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