What does wreck mean?

Definitions for wreck
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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"

Wiktionary

  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

    Etymology: [OE. wrak, AS. wrc exile, persecution, misery, from wrecan to drive out, punish; akin to D. wrak, adj., damaged, brittle, n., a wreck, wraken to reject, throw off, Icel. rek a thing drifted ashore, Sw. vrak refuse, a wreck, Dan. vrag. See Wreak, v. t., and cf. Wrack a marine plant.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. wrak, AS. wrc exile, persecution, misery, from wrecan to drive out, punish; akin to D. wrak, adj., damaged, brittle, n., a wreck, wraken to reject, throw off, Icel. rek a thing drifted ashore, Sw. vrak refuse, a wreck, Dan. vrag. See Wreak, v. t., and cf. Wrack a marine plant.]

  3. Wreck(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE. wrak, AS. wrc exile, persecution, misery, from wrecan to drive out, punish; akin to D. wrak, adj., damaged, brittle, n., a wreck, wraken to reject, throw off, Icel. rek a thing drifted ashore, Sw. vrak refuse, a wreck, Dan. vrag. See Wreak, v. t., and cf. Wrack a marine plant.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. wrak, AS. wrc exile, persecution, misery, from wrecan to drive out, punish; akin to D. wrak, adj., damaged, brittle, n., a wreck, wraken to reject, throw off, Icel. rek a thing drifted ashore, Sw. vrak refuse, a wreck, Dan. vrag. See Wreak, v. t., and cf. Wrack a marine plant.]

  5. Wreck(verb)

    the remain of anything ruined or fatally injured

    Etymology: [OE. wrak, AS. wrc exile, persecution, misery, from wrecan to drive out, punish; akin to D. wrak, adj., damaged, brittle, n., a wreck, wraken to reject, throw off, Icel. rek a thing drifted ashore, Sw. vrak refuse, a wreck, Dan. vrag. See Wreak, v. t., and cf. Wrack a marine plant.]

  6. Wreck(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE. wrak, AS. wrc exile, persecution, misery, from wrecan to drive out, punish; akin to D. wrak, adj., damaged, brittle, n., a wreck, wraken to reject, throw off, Icel. rek a thing drifted ashore, Sw. vrak refuse, a wreck, Dan. vrag. See Wreak, v. t., and cf. Wrack a marine plant.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. wrak, AS. wrc exile, persecution, misery, from wrecan to drive out, punish; akin to D. wrak, adj., damaged, brittle, n., a wreck, wraken to reject, throw off, Icel. rek a thing drifted ashore, Sw. vrak refuse, a wreck, Dan. vrag. See Wreak, v. t., and cf. Wrack a marine plant.]

  8. Wreck(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE. wrak, AS. wrc exile, persecution, misery, from wrecan to drive out, punish; akin to D. wrak, adj., damaged, brittle, n., a wreck, wraken to reject, throw off, Icel. rek a thing drifted ashore, Sw. vrak refuse, a wreck, Dan. vrag. See Wreak, v. t., and cf. Wrack a marine plant.]

  9. Wreck(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE. wrak, AS. wrc exile, persecution, misery, from wrecan to drive out, punish; akin to D. wrak, adj., damaged, brittle, n., a wreck, wraken to reject, throw off, Icel. rek a thing drifted ashore, Sw. vrak refuse, a wreck, Dan. vrag. See Wreak, v. t., and cf. Wrack a marine plant.]

  10. Wreck(verb)

    to suffer wreck or ruin

    Etymology: [OE. wrak, AS. wrc exile, persecution, misery, from wrecan to drive out, punish; akin to D. wrak, adj., damaged, brittle, n., a wreck, wraken to reject, throw off, Icel. rek a thing drifted ashore, Sw. vrak refuse, a wreck, Dan. vrag. See Wreak, v. t., and cf. Wrack a marine plant.]

  11. Wreck(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE. wrak, AS. wrc exile, persecution, misery, from wrecan to drive out, punish; akin to D. wrak, adj., damaged, brittle, n., a wreck, wraken to reject, throw off, Icel. rek a thing drifted ashore, Sw. vrak refuse, a wreck, Dan. vrag. See Wreak, v. t., and cf. Wrack a marine plant.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wreck

    rek, n. destruction: destruction of a ship: ruins of a destroyed ship: remains of anything ruined: shipwrecked property.—v.t. to destroy or disable: to ruin.—v.i. to suffer wreck or ruin.—ns. Wreck′age, the act of wrecking: wrecked material; Wreck′er, a person who purposely causes a wreck or who plunders wreckage: one who lures a ship on to the rocks for purposes of plunder: one who criminally ruins anything: a person employed by the owners in recovering disabled vessels or their cargo.—adj. Wreck′ful, causing ruin.—n. Wreck′-mas′ter, a person taking charge of a disabled ship and its cargo.—Wreck commissioners, a tribunal which inquires into shipping disasters.—Receivers of wrecks, wreck-masters. [A.S. wræc, expulsion—wrecan, to drive, Low Ger. wrak, Dut. wrak, Ice. reki, a thing drifted ashore; a doublet of wrack.]

  2. Wreck

    rek, n. (Spens.) same as Wreak.—v.t. (Milt.) to wreak.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. wreck

    The destruction of a ship by stress of weather, rocks, &c.; also the ruins of the ship after such accidents; also the goods and fragments which drive on shore after a ship is stranded. It is said that the term is derived from the sea-weed called wrack, denoting all that the sea washes on shore as it does this weed. A ship cast on shore is no wreck, in law, when any domestic animal has escaped with life in her. The custody of the cargo or goods belongs to the deputy of the vice-admiral, and they are restored to the proprietors without any fees or salvage, but what the labour of those who saved them may reasonably deserve.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wreck in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wreck in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of wreck in a Sentence

  1. Heather Humphreys:

    On current evidence, the other two wreck sites remain buried beneath a protective layer of sand, but the wreck of La Juliana is now partly exposed on the seabed along with some of its guns and other wreck material, this material is obviously very historically and archaeologically significant.

  2. Hillary Clinton:

    Part of our problem was this unprecedented reality TV campaign, and he being the first reality TV candidate in our history, the media didn’t know how to cover him. It was like they were watching a car wreck or a train wreck all the time.

  3. Chris Logantold:

    I just hit the deck, when I got up everyone was all shaken. There were three to four people on the ground hurt. It was like a car wreck. Everyone was shocked.

  4. Jeffrey Rothschild:

    I've never been the same since that day, i thought my life was just a total wreck and a complete and total mess, but there are other people deeper or darker than me.

  5. Darrell Miklos:

    There is a list of 11 wreck sites that are in this area that Gordon told me about.

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