shipwreck

[ ship-rek ]
/ ˈʃɪpˌrɛk /

noun

the destruction or loss of a ship, as by sinking.
the remains of a wrecked ship.
destruction or ruin: the shipwreck of one's hopes.

verb (used with object)

to cause to suffer shipwreck.
to destroy; ruin.

verb (used without object)

to suffer shipwreck.

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Origin of shipwreck

before 1100; Middle English shipwrech remains of a shipwreck; see ship1, wreck; replacing Old English scipwræc (see wrack)
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British Dictionary definitions for shipwreck

shipwreck
/ (ˈʃɪpˌrɛk) /

noun

the partial or total destruction of a ship at sea
a wrecked ship or part of such a ship
ruin or destructionthe shipwreck of all my hopes

verb (tr)

to wreck or destroy (a ship)
to bring to ruin or destruction

Word Origin for shipwreck

Old English scipwræc, from ship + wræc something driven by the sea; see wrack ²
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