Definitions for: Wreck

[n] a ship that has been destroyed at sea
[n] a serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles); "they are still investigating the crash of the TWA plane"
[n] an accident that destroys a ship at sea
[n] 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"
[v] smash or break forcefully; "The kid busted up the car"

Webster (1913) Definition: Wreck, v. t. & n.
See 2d & 3d Wreak.

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. vrag. See Wreak, v. t., and cf. Wrack a
marine plant.] [Written also wrack.]
1. 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.

Hard and obstinate As is a rock amidst the raging
floods, 'Gainst which a ship, of succor desolate,
Doth suffer wreck, both of herself and goods.

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

The wreck of matter and the crush of worlds.

Its intellectual life was thus able to go on amidst
the wreck of its political life. --J. R. Green.

3. 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.

4. The remain of anything ruined or fatally injured.

To the fair haven of my native home, The wreck of
what I was, fatigued I come. --Cowper.

5. (Law) Goods, etc., which, after a shipwreck, are cast upon
the land by the sea. --Bouvier.

Wreck, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wrecked; p. pr. & vb. n.
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; to shipwreck.

Supposing that they saw the king's ship wrecked.

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

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

Weak and envied, if they should conspire, They wreck
themselves. --Daniel.

Wreck, v. i.
1. To suffer wreck or ruin. --Milton.

2. To work upon a wreck, as in saving property or lives, or
in plundering.

Synonyms: bust up, crash, shipwreck, wrack

See Also: accident, capsizing, declination, decline, destroy, prang, ruin, ship

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