Definitions of wreck

  1. smash or break forcefully; " The kid busted up the car"
  2. a serious accident ( usually involving one or more vehicles); " they are still investigating the crash of the TWA plane"
  3. an accident that destroys a ship at sea
  4. a ship that has been destroyed at sea
  5. 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"
  6. See 2d & amp; 3d Wreak.
  7. 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.
  8. Destruction or injury of anything, especially by violence; ruin; as, the wreck of a railroad train.
  9. 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.
  10. The remain of anything ruined or fatally injured.
  11. 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.
  12. To bring wreck or ruin upon by any kind of violence; to destroy, as a railroad train.
  13. To involve in a wreck; hence, to cause to suffer ruin; to balk of success, and bring disaster on.
  14. To suffer wreck or ruin.
  15. To work upon a wreck, as in saving property or lives, or in plundering.
  16. See 2d & 3d Wreak.
  17. The destruction of a ship which is driven ashore, or on a rock; the ruins of a ship; a railroad accident; the remains of anything ruined; destruction; ruin; as, he became a wreck through drink.
  18. To destroy or cast away, as a ship, by violence; to ruin or destroy.
  19. The destruction of a vessel by being driven ashore, dashed against rocks, foundered by stress of weather, or the like; shipwreck; the ruins of a ship stranded; a vessel dashed against rocks or land, and broken or otherwise destroyed or totally crippled or injured by violence and fracture; any ship or goods driven ashore or found deserted at sea in an unmanageable condition; specifically, in law, goods, etc. which, after a shipwreck, have been thrown ashore by the sea, as distinguished from flotsam, jetsam, and ligan. goods cast on shore after shipwreck belong to the government, or in some cases to the owner of the land, if not claimed within a certain time: destruction or ruin generally; dissolution, especially by violence; " His country's wreck."- Shak.; " The wreck of matter and the crush of worlds."- Addison: the remains of anything destroyed, ruined, or fatally injured; as, he is reduced to a mere wreck, he is but the wreck of his former self.
  20. To destroy or cast away as a vessel, by violence, collision, or the like; to drive against the shore or dash against rocks and break or destroy: to cause to suffer shipwreck- said of a person; as a wrecked sailor; " A pilot's thumb, wreck'd as he was coming home.”- Shak.: to ruin or destroy generally, physically or morally; or financially, as a bank.
  21. To suffer wreck or ruin. " Rocks whereon greatest men have of- tenest wreck'd."- Milton.
  22. In mining, a kind of frame or table: a rack.
  23. Revenge: vengeance Spenser.
  24. To wreak. Milton.
  25. Destruction; destruction of a ship at sea; ruins of a ship; remains of anything ruined.
  26. To destroy; ruin; destroy, as a ship, by storm, rocks, & c.
  27. To shipwreck; destroy; ruin; bring destruction upon.
  28. The act of wrecking; total ruin; shipwreck.
  29. The destruction of a vessel by being driven on the shore, upon rocks, or by foundering; the ruins of a ship stranded; a ship dashed against rocks or land, and broken, or otherwise rendered useless by violence and fracture; dissolution by violence; ruin; destruction; the remains of anything ruined; dead weeds and grass; goods, & c., which, after a shipwreck, are cast upon land by the sea; the vessel in which ores are washed the the third time.
  30. To strand; to drive against the shore, or dash against rocks, and break or destroy; to cause to suffer shipwreck; to ruin.
  31. The ruins of a ship, caused by being driven on rocks, or on shore, by the violence of a tempest, or suchlike causes; the goods cast ashore from a ship that has broken up at sea; ruin; destruction; the remains of anything broken up or ruined.
  32. To ruin or destroy by dashing on rocks or shoals; to ruin; to suffer ruin.

Usage examples for wreck

  1. Only think well before you wreck my life. – The Lion and the Mouse A Story of an American Life by Charles Klein
  2. The boys strained at the wreck until it moved. – The Boy Volunteers with the French Airmen by Kenneth Ward
  3. First wreck I ever saw and don't want to see any more. – Left Guard Gilbert by Ralph Henry Barbour
  4. You surely cannot be the only two saved from the wreck?" – A Chapter of Adventures by G. A. Henty
  5. He's a war wreck, too. – The House of Torchy by Sewell Ford
  6. If it had been at the inn there would have been nothing to talk about at all, except about the wreck. – A Chapter of Adventures by G. A. Henty
  7. Radiophone kept dry after a wreck at sea. – Curlie Carson Listens In by Roy J. Snell
  8. I don't care to run into something up here that will wreck us. – Lords of the Stratosphere by Arthur J. Burks
  9. He made such a fuss that I let him off lightly, and then he goes down to the day- room and makes out I am a wreck. – The Loom of Youth by Alec Waugh
  10. The turn of the tide had carried the wreck of the Vampire, if she was a wreck, down the stream, and beyond what the steward had reported, nothing was known in regard to her. – Within The Enemy's Lines SERIES: The Blue and the Gray--Afloat by Oliver Optic
  11. I never saw a big wreck. – The Bobbsey Twins in the Great West by Laura Lee Hope
  12. It was a total wreck. – Rebels of the Red Planet by Charles Louis Fontenay
  13. A man went running toward the wreck. – Space Platform by Murray Leinster
  14. She had been separated from her children for two years, she was a nervous wreck. – Watch Yourself Go By by Al. G. Field
  15. No one was hurt, and the wreck was soon cleared away, so that the work could go on. – Tales and Trails of Wakarusa by Alexander Miller Harvey
  16. Yes; she is my mother, and is now in Philadelphia, a wreck of what she was when with you in Savannah. – Lily Pearl and The Mistress of Rosedale by Ida Glenwood
  17. But his gun was a wreck. – The Grizzly King by James Oliver Curwood
  18. He stared, holding his chin in his hand, and with nothing on the sea between him and the sky but that wreck. – 'Twixt Land & Sea by Joseph Conrad
  19. We left our wreck in three boats. – Charlie to the Rescue by R.M. Ballantyne