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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
First recorded in 1830-40; wreck + -age Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • So surely from out of the wreckage and passion a new woman will arise.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • He would get his friends together, and they would plan to save what they could from the wreckage.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • The cable that ran from it was entangled with the wreckage of the derrick, but it had not been cut.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • He set to work to gather up the wreckage of the tent and outfit.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • And the wreckage of their size-change mechanisms was strewn among them.

    The World Beyond Raymond King Cummings
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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