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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shipwrecknoun

    a wrecked ship (or a part of one)

  2. shipwrecknoun

    an irretrievable loss

    "that was the shipwreck of their romance"

  3. shipwreck, wreckverb

    an accident that destroys a ship at sea

  4. shipwreckverb

    ruin utterly

    "You have shipwrecked my career"

  5. shipwreckverb

    suffer failure, as in some enterprise

  6. shipwreckverb

    cause to experience shipwreck

    "They were shipwrecked in one of the mysteries at sea"

  7. shipwreckverb

    destroy a ship

    "The vessel was shipwrecked"


  1. shipwrecknoun

    A boat that has sunk or run aground so that it is no longer seaworthy.

  2. shipwrecknoun

    An event where a ship sinks or runs aground.

  3. shipwreckverb

    To wreck a boat through a collision or mishap.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shipwrecknoun

    the breaking in pieces, or shattering, of a ship or other vessel by being cast ashore or driven against rocks, shoals, etc., by the violence of the winds and waves

  2. Shipwrecknoun

    a ship wrecked or destroyed upon the water, or the parts of such a ship; wreckage

  3. Shipwrecknoun

    fig.: Destruction; ruin; irretrievable loss

  4. Shipwreckverb

    to destroy, as a ship at sea, by running ashore or on rocks or sandbanks, or by the force of wind and waves in a tempest

  5. Shipwreckverb

    to cause to experience shipwreck, as sailors or passengers. Hence, to cause to suffer some disaster or loss; to destroy or ruin, as if by shipwreck; to wreck; as, to shipwreck a business


  1. Shipwreck

    The term shipwreck refers both to the remains of a ship that has wrecked, which are found either beached or sunken, and to the action that causes a shipwreck, which may be purposeful or accidental. This explains why the two concepts are often overlapping in English. The United Nations estimates that there are more than 3 million shipwrecks on the ocean floor.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. shipwreck

    The destruction of a vessel by her beating against rocks, the shore, &c.--too often including loss of life. In early times the seizure of goods, and even the murder of the mariners, was apt to be the consequence.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shipwreck in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shipwreck in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of shipwreck in a Sentence

  1. Kobi Sharvit:

    There is probably a shipwreck there of an official treasury boat which was on its way to the central government in Egypt with taxes that had been collected.

  2. Felix Tshisekedi:

    I am very saddened by the shipwreck of a pirogue on( Monday) April 15 on Lake Kivu. The provisional toll is 150 people missing.

  3. Kobi Sharvit:

    The discovery of such a large hoard of coins that had such tremendous economic power in antiquity raises several possibilities regarding its presence on the seabed, there is probably a shipwreck there of an official treasury boat which was on its way to the central government in Egypt with taxes that had been collected.

  4. Kevin Dykstra:

    I didn't go down there with the expectation of seeing a shipwreck — I can tell you that.

  5. Casey Sherman:

    The treasures that this shipwreck has revealed since 1984, since Barry Clifford discovered the wreck, has been enormous, the mother lode of treasure still has yet to be found.

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    a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
    • A. investigating
    • B. scrutiny
    • C. assortment
    • D. purse

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