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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 of shipwreck
1100
before 1100; Middle English shipwrech remains of a shipwreck; see ship1, wreck; replacing Old English scipwræc (see wrack1)
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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 shipwreck
n.

mid-15c., from ship (n.) + wreck (n.). Earlier it meant "things cast up from a shipwreck" (c.1100). The earlier word for "shipwreck" in the modern sense was Middle English schipbreke, "'ship-break,'" from a North Sea Germanic word, cf. West Frisian skipbrek, Middle Dutch schipbroke, German Schiffbruch, Old English scipgebroc. Old English scipbryce meant "right to claim goods from a wrecked ship."

v.

1580s, "cause to wreck;" c.1600, "to suffer shipwreck," from shipwreck (n.). Related: Shipwrecked.

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