wreck

[rek]
noun
1.
any building, structure, or thing reduced to a state of ruin.
2.
wreckage, goods, etc., remaining above water after a shipwreck, especially when cast ashore.
3.
the ruin or destruction of a vessel in the course of navigation; shipwreck.
4.
a vessel in a state of ruin from disaster at sea, on rocks, etc.
5.
the ruin or destruction of anything: the wreck of one's hopes.
6.
a person of ruined health; someone in bad shape physically or mentally: The strain of his work left him a wreck.
verb (used with object)
7.
to cause the wreck of (a vessel); shipwreck.
8.
to involve in a wreck.
9.
to cause the ruin or destruction of: to wreck a car.
10.
to tear down; demolish: to wreck a building.
11.
to ruin or impair severely: Fast living wrecked their health.
verb (used without object)
12.
to be involved in a wreck; become wrecked: The trains wrecked at the crossing.
13.
to act as a wrecker; engage in wrecking.

Origin:
1200–50; (noun) Middle English wrec, wrech, wrek < Old Danish wrækæ wreck; (v.) late Middle English, derivative of the noun

unwrecked, adjective

1. rack, wrack, wreak, wreck ; 2. racked, wracked, wreaked, wrecked.


9. destroy, devastate, shatter. See spoil.
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wreck (rɛk)
 
vb
1.  to involve in or suffer disaster or destruction
2.  (tr) to cause the wreck of (a ship)
 
n
3.  a.  the accidental destruction of a ship at sea
 b.  the ship so destroyed
4.  maritime law goods cast ashore from a wrecked vessel
5.  a person or thing that has suffered ruin or dilapidation
6.  the remains of something that has been destroyed
7.  old-fashioned the act of wrecking or the state of being wrecked; ruin or destruction
 
[C13: from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic rek. See wrack², wreak]

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Word Origin & History

wreck
1228, "goods cast ashore after a shipwreck, flotsam," from Anglo-Fr. wrec, from O.N. *wrek (cf. Norw., Icel. rek) "wreck, flotsam," related to reka "to drive, push" (see wreak). The meaning "a shipwreck" is first recorded 1463; that of "a wrecked ship" is from 1500. General
sense of "remains of anything that has been ruined" is recorded from 1713; applied by 1795 to dissipated persons. The verb meaning "to destroy, ruin" is first recorded 1510. Wreckage is first attested 1837.
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Example sentences
Mooring buoys have been placed at the wreck site to protect it from anchor damage.
We felt compelled to follow up in each of those instances, and it turned out to
  be every bit as eye-opening as a train wreck.
Genetically modified crops will neither feed the world nor wreck the planet.
We stand admiring it as it is now, a beautiful wreck beneath an ivy veil.
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