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any building, structure, or thing reduced to a state of ruin.
wreckage, goods, etc., remaining above water after a shipwreck, especially when cast ashore.
the ruin or destruction of a vessel in the course of navigation; shipwreck.
a vessel in a state of ruin from disaster at sea, on rocks, etc.
the ruin or destruction of anything: the wreck of one's hopes.
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)
to cause the wreck of (a vessel); shipwreck.
to involve in a wreck.
to cause the ruin or destruction of: to wreck a car.
to tear down; demolish: to wreck a building.
to ruin or impair severely: Fast living wrecked their health.
verb (used without object)
to be involved in a wreck; become wrecked: The trains wrecked at the crossing.
to act as a wrecker; engage in wrecking.

1200–50; (noun) Middle English wrec, wrech, wrek < Old Danish wrækæ wreck; (v.) late Middle English, derivative of the noun

unwrecked, adjective

1. rack, wrack, wreak, wreck ; 2. racked, wracked, wreaked, wrecked.

9. destroy, devastate, shatter. See spoil.
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wreck (rɛk)
1.  to involve in or suffer disaster or destruction
2.  (tr) to cause the wreck of (a ship)
3.  a.  the accidental destruction of a ship at sea
 b.  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
[C13: from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic rek. See wrack², wreak]

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Word Origin & History

1228, "goods cast ashore after a shipwreck, flotsam," from Anglo-Fr. wrec, from O.N. *wrek (cf. Norw., Icel. rek) "wreck, flotsam," related to reka "to drive, push" (see wreak). The meaning "a shipwreck" is first recorded 1463; that of "a wrecked ship" is from 1500. General
sense of "remains of anything that has been ruined" is recorded from 1713; applied by 1795 to dissipated persons. The verb meaning "to destroy, ruin" is first recorded 1510. Wreckage is first attested 1837.
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