Definitions of wreck

  1. See 2d & 3d Wreak.
  2. 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. Destruction or injury of anything, especially by violence; ruin; as, the wreck of a railroad train.
  4. 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. The remain of anything ruined or fatally injured.
  6. 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.
  7. To bring wreck or ruin upon by any kind of violence; to destroy, as a railroad train.
  8. To involve in a wreck; hence, to cause to suffer ruin; to balk of success, and bring disaster on.
  9. To destroy or cast away, as a ship, by violence; to ruin or destroy.
  10. 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.
  11. To suffer wreck or ruin. " Rocks whereon greatest men have of- tenest wreck'd."- Milton.
  12. To wreak. Milton.
  13. To destroy; ruin; destroy, as a ship, by storm, rocks, & c.
  14. To shipwreck; destroy; ruin; bring destruction upon.
  15. To suffer wreck or ruin.
  16. To work upon a wreck, as in saving property or lives, or in plundering.
  17. smash or break forcefully; " The kid busted up the car"
  18. To strand; to drive against the shore, or dash against rocks, and break or destroy; to cause to suffer shipwreck; to ruin.
  19. To ruin or destroy by dashing on rocks or shoals; to ruin; to suffer ruin.
  20. an accident that destroys a ship at sea
  21. a ship that has been destroyed at sea
  22. 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"
  23. See 2d & amp; 3d Wreak.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. In mining, a kind of frame or table: a rack.
  27. Revenge: vengeance Spenser.
  28. Destruction; destruction of a ship at sea; ruins of a ship; remains of anything ruined.
  29. The act of wrecking; total ruin; shipwreck.
  30. 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.
  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.