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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. 2017.
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  • The Gnome motor was lying on the ground twenty feet from the wreckage.

  • See their lifeless forms lying there amid the wreckage of the hillside.

    The Greater Love George T. McCarthy
  • Staggering free of the wreckage, he found himself enveloped in a choking pall of smoke.

  • I am almost certain that you are mistaken in your supposition that there is no one on that wreckage.

    Dick Leslie's Luck Harry Collingwood
  • "Bit o' wreckage from Barnett's derelict," muttered Trendon, scowling through his glasses.

    The Mystery Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
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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