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shipwreck

[ship-rek] /ˈʃɪpˌrɛk/
noun
1.
the destruction or loss of a ship, as by sinking.
2.
the remains of a wrecked ship.
3.
destruction or ruin:
the shipwreck of one's hopes.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cause to suffer shipwreck.
5.
to destroy; ruin.
verb (used without object)
6.
to suffer shipwreck.
Origin
1100
before 1100; Middle English shipwrech remains of a shipwreck; see ship, wreck; replacing Old English scipwræc (see wrack1)
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British Dictionary definitions for ship wreck

shipwreck

/ˈʃɪpˌrɛk/
noun
1.
the partial or total destruction of a ship at sea
2.
a wrecked ship or part of such a ship
3.
ruin or destruction the shipwreck of all my hopes
verb (transitive)
4.
to wreck or destroy (a ship)
5.
to bring to ruin or destruction
Word Origin
Old English scipwræc, from ship + wræc something driven by the sea; see wrack²
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Word Origin and History for ship wreck
shipwreck
mid-15c., from ship (n.) + wreck. Earlier it meant "things cast up from a shipwreck" (c.1100). The verb is recorded from 1580s. The earlier word for "shipwreck" in the modern sense was M.E. schipbreke, from O.E. scipbryce.
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