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[rek-ij] /ˈrɛk ɪdʒ/
act of wrecking; state of being wrecked.
remains or fragments of something that has been wrecked:
They searched the wreckage for survivors.
Origin of wreckage
1830-40; wreck + -age Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for wreckage
  • 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


same as wreck (sense 6)
the act of wrecking or the state of being wrecked; ruin or destruction
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wreckage

1837, from wreck + -age.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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