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wreckage

[rek-ij] /ˈrɛk ɪdʒ/
noun
1.
act of wrecking; state of being wrecked.
2.
remains or fragments of something that has been wrecked:
They searched the wreckage for survivors.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; wreck + -age
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  • He must avoid both under penalty of wreckage, and it avails him nothing to have avoided one, if he founders on the other.
  • We often cope with fear and pain and emotional wreckage through laughter.
  • From the wreckage of that failed flight came a successful crossing.
  • Hundreds of bodies have been pulled from the wreckage, and thousands remain missing.
  • Take a virtual tour of the ship's sunken wreckage and explore artifacts on the seafloor.
  • If a hurricane is a chaotic system, then the wreckage strewn in its path is its fractal pattern.
  • Guzman was blown clear and landed in the dirt behind the wreckage.
  • No reporters had been allowed in to see the wreckage.
  • The space was enormous, the ground covered in white dust from the wreckage.
  • The economic landscape is unquestionably littered with the wreckage of the crash.
British Dictionary definitions for wreckage

wreckage

/ˈrɛkɪdʒ/
noun
1.
same as wreck (sense 6)
2.
the act of wrecking or the state of being wrecked; ruin or destruction
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Word Origin and History for wreckage
n.

1837, from wreck + -age.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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