wreck

wreck
wreck NOUN 1) the destruction of a ship at sea; a shipwreck. 2) a ship destroyed at sea. 3) a building, vehicle, etc. that has been destroyed or badly damaged. 4) N. Amer. a road or rail crash. 5) a person in a very bad physical or mental state.
VERB 1) cause the destruction of (a ship) by sinking or breaking up. 2) destroy or severely damage. 3) spoil completely. 4) (wrecking) historical the practice of causing a shipwreck in order to steal the cargo.
ORIGIN Old French wrec, from Old Norse; related to WREAK(Cf. ↑wreak).

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  • Wreck — Wreck, n. [OE. wrak, AS. wr[ae]c 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wreck — (engl. Wrack) steht für Wreck (Band), USA Big Wreck, US Band Siehe auch Fat Wreck Chords Star Wreck Wreck Island Shipwreck …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Wreck — Wreck, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wrecked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wrecking}.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wreck — Ⅰ. wreck UK US /rek/ verb [T] ► to destroy or badly damage something: »Several protesters set out to wreck the company s headquarters. ► to spoil a chance, plan, etc.: be wrecked by sth »The deal was wrecked by the recent turmoil in the debt… …   Financial and business terms

  • wreck — wreck·age; wreck·er; wreck·ful; wreck; ship·wreck; …   English syllables

  • Wreck — Wreck, v. i. 1. To suffer wreck or ruin. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To work upon a wreck, as in saving property or lives, or in plundering. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wreck — may refer to:* A collision of an automobile, aircraft or other vehicle * Shipwreck, the remains of a ship after a crisis at sea * Receiver of Wreck, an official of the British government whose main task is to process incoming reports of wreck *… …   Wikipedia

  • Wreck — Wreck, v. t. & n. See 2d & 3d {Wreak}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wreck — [n] severe damage or severely damaged goods collapse, crash, crate, debacle, debris, derelict, destruction, devastation, disruption, fender bender*, heap*, hulk*, jalopy*, junk*, junker*, litter, mess, pile up*, rear ender*, relic, ruin, ruins,… …   New thesaurus

  • wreck — index damage (noun), damage (verb), debacle, despoil, destroy (efface), devastate, disable, mutilate …   Law dictionary

  • wreck — vb *ruin, dilapidate Analogous words: *destroy, demolish, raze: *injure, damage, impair Contrasted words: *save, preserve, conserve …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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