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WRECK, n.

1. Destruction; properly, the destruction of a ship or vessel on the shore. Hence,

2. The ruins of a ship stranded; a ship dashed against rocks or land and broken, or otherwise rendered useless by violence and fracture.

3. Dissolution by violence; ruin; destruction.

The wreck of matter and the crush of worlds.

4. The remains of any thing ruined; dead weeds and grass.

5. In metallurgy, the vessel in which ores are washed the third time.

6. Wreck, for wreak, is less proper. [See also Rack.]

WRECK, v.t.

1. To stand; to drive against the shore, or dash against rocks, and break or destroy. The ship Diamond of new York, was wrecked on a rock in Cardigan Bay, on the coast of Wales.

2. To ruin; as, they wreck their own fortunes.

3. Wreck, for wreak, is improper.

WRECK, v.i. To suffer wreck or ruin.




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WRECK, n.

1. Destruction; properly, the destruction of a ship or vessel on the shore. Hence,

2. The ruins of a ship stranded; a ship dashed against rocks or land and broken, or otherwise rendered useless by violence and fracture.

3. Dissolution by violence; ruin; destruction.

The wreck of matter and the crush of worlds.

4. The remains of any thing ruined; dead weeds and grass.

5. In metallurgy, the vessel in which ores are washed the third time.

6. Wreck, for wreak, is less proper. [See also Rack.]

WRECK, v.t.

1. To stand; to drive against the shore, or dash against rocks, and break or destroy. The ship Diamond of new York, was wrecked on a rock in Cardigan Bay, on the coast of Wales.

2. To ruin; as, they wreck their own fortunes.

3. Wreck, for wreak, is improper.

WRECK, v.i. To suffer wreck or ruin.


WRECK, n. [Dan. vrag, a wreck, shipwreck; Sw. vrak, refuse; Sax. wræc, wræcca, an exile, a wretch; D. wrak, broken, a wreck. This word signifies properly that which is cast, driven or dashed, or that which is broken.]

  1. Destruction; properly, the destruction of a ship or vessel on the shore. Hence,
  2. The ruins of a ship stranded; a ship dashed against rocks or land and broken, or otherwise rendered useless by violence and fracture.
  3. Dissolution by violence; ruin; destruction. The wreck of matter and the crush of worlds. – Addison.
  4. The remains of any thing ruined; dead weeds and grass.
  5. In metallurgy, the vessel in which ores are washed the third time.
  6. Wreck for Wreak, is less proper. [See also Rack.]

WRECK, v.i.

To suffer wreck or ruin. – Milton.


WRECK, v.t. [Sw. vräka, to throw away.]

  1. To strand; to drive against the shore, or dash against rocks, and break or destroy. The ship Diamond of New York, was wrecked on a rock in Cardigan Bay, on the coast of Wales.
  2. To ruin; as, they wreck their own fortunes.
  3. Wreck for Wreak is improper. – Shak.

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.

    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.
    Spenser.

  3. 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. Shak.

  4. To suffer wreck or ruin.

    Milton.
  5. 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. Addison.

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

  6. To bring wreck or ruin upon by any kind of violence; to destroy, as a railroad train.
  7. To work upon a wreck, as in saving property or lives, or in plundering.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Goods, etc., which, after a shipwreck, are cast upon the land by the sea.

    Bouvier.
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Wreck

WRECK, noun

1. Destruction; properly, the destruction of a ship or vessel on the shore. Hence,

2. The ruins of a ship stranded; a ship dashed against rocks or land and broken, or otherwise rendered useless by violence and fracture.

3. Dissolution by violence; ruin; destruction.

The wreck of matter and the crush of worlds.

4. The remains of any thing ruined; dead weeds and grass.

5. In metallurgy, the vessel in which ores are washed the third time.

6. wreck for wreak, is less proper. [See also Rack.]

WRECK, verb transitive

1. To stand; to drive against the shore, or dash against rocks, and break or destroy. The ship Diamond of new York, was wrecked on a rock in Cardigan Bay, on the coast of Wales.

2. To ruin; as, they wreck their own fortunes.

3. wreck for wreak, is improper.

WRECK, verb intransitive To suffer wreck or ruin.

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