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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"


  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

  12. Origin: [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.]


  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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  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. Simone Biles:

    It hits you like a train wreck.

  2. Theodore Couloumbis:

    Its like watching a slow moving train wreck.

  3. Billy Ray Morris:

    To turn up a new wreck is a pretty big deal.

  4. Louis Bravo:

    But if you ask my wife, I was a train wreck for eight months.

  5. President Obama:

    Did not wreck a car. Should be pretty ... pretty easy to prove that.

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