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wrecking

[rek-ing] /ˈrɛk ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act, work, or business of a wrecker.
adjective
2.
employed or for use in wrecking:
a wrecking crew.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; wreck + -ing1

wreck

[rek] /rɛk/
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
Related forms
unwrecked, adjective
Can be confused
rack, wrack, wreak, wreck.
racked, wracked, wreaked, wrecked.
Synonyms
9. destroy, devastate, shatter. See spoil.
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British Dictionary definitions for wrecking

wreck

/rɛk/
verb
1.
to involve in or suffer disaster or destruction
2.
(transitive) to cause the wreck of (a ship)
noun
3.
  1. the accidental destruction of a ship at sea
  2. 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
Word Origin
C13: from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic rek. See wrack², wreak
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Word Origin and History for wrecking

wreck

n.

early 13c., "goods cast ashore after a shipwreck, flotsam," from Anglo-French wrec, from Old Norse *wrek (cf. Norwegian, Icelandic rek) "wreck, flotsam," related to reka "to drive, push" (see wreak). The meaning "a shipwreck" is first recorded mid-15c.; that of "a wrecked ship" is from c.1500. General sense of "remains of anything that has been ruined" is recorded from 1713; applied by 1795 to dissipated persons.

v.

"to destroy, ruin," c.1500, from wreck (n.). Related: Wrecked; wrecking. Earlier (12c.) it meant "drive out or away, remove;" also "take vengeance."

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Slang definitions & phrases for wrecking

wrap-up

noun

A completion; a final treatment, summary,etc; recap: This is the 11:30 pm wrap-up of the news (1950s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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