Wreck

Definition of Wreck

v. t. & n.1.See 2d & 3d Wreak.
n.1.
1.The destruction or injury of a vessel by being cast on shore, or on rocks, or by being disabled or sunk by the force of winds or waves; shipwreck.
Hard and obstinate
As is a rock amidst the raging floods,
'Gainst which a ship, of succor desolate,
Doth suffer wreck, both of herself and goods.
- Spenser.
2.Destruction or injury of anything, especially by violence; ruin; as, the wreck of a railroad train.
The wreck of matter and the crush of worlds.
- Addison.
Its intellectual life was thus able to go on amidst the wreck of its political life.
- J. R. Green.
3.The ruins of a ship stranded; a ship dashed against rocks or land, and broken, or otherwise rendered useless, by violence and fracture; as, they burned the wreck.
4.The remain of anything ruined or fatally injured.
To the fair haven of my native home,
The wreck of what I was, fatigued I come.
- Cowper.
5.(Law) Goods, etc., which, after a shipwreck, are cast upon the land by the sea.
v. t.1.To destroy, disable, or seriously damage, as a vessel, by driving it against the shore or on rocks, by causing it to become unseaworthy, to founder, or the like; to shipwreck.
Supposing that they saw the king's ship wrecked.
- Shak.
2.To bring wreck or ruin upon by any kind of violence; to destroy, as a railroad train.
3.To involve in a wreck; hence, to cause to suffer ruin; to balk of success, and bring disaster on.
Weak and envied, if they should conspire,
They wreck themselves.
- Daniel.
v. i.1.To suffer wreck or ruin.
2.To work upon a wreck, as in saving property or lives, or in plundering.

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