verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- wreathed column,
- wrecker's ball,
Origin of wreck
Examples from the Web for wreck
None of this is to say that the wreck and salvage of the Costa Concordia should have received less attention.
It was a negligent accident that cost more than 30 lives, including a salvage diver who perished working on the wreck.
In the case of Flight 17 the wreck is already yielding a lot of information.MH17 Is the World’s First Open-Source Air Crash Investigation|Clive Irving|July 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They finally made it to the rocks off the island near the wreck, where they waited until rescue workers and islanders found them.I Survived a Deadly Shipwreck: Costa Concordia Passengers Tell Their Stories|Barbie Latza Nadeau|May 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The result of this wreck was 86 people dead and over 200 injuries.Thrills and Too Many Spills: The Dangers of the Circus|Marina Watts|May 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"We shall not forget what you have told us," said Gilbert, as the wreck prepared to leave the room.The Mystery of Lincoln's Inn|Robert Machray
If it had been at the inn there would have been nothing to talk about at all, except about the wreck.A Chapter of Adventures|G. A. Henty
He at first accepted several presents from the shipwrecked men, but afterwards withdrew from the place where the wreck took place.The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II|A.E. Nordenskieold
Stripping Rantaine, and disappearing with the wreck of the Durande, were the grand achievements.Toilers of the Sea|Victor Hugo
Passing, she for the first time caught full sight of her son's face now that the hot water had exposed its wreck.Once Aboard The Lugger|Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson
- the accidental destruction of a ship at sea
- the ship so destroyed
Word Origin for wreck
early 13c., "goods cast ashore after a shipwreck, flotsam," from Anglo-French wrec, from Old Norse *wrek (cf. Norwegian, Icelandic rek) "wreck, flotsam," related to reka "to drive, push" (see wreak). The meaning "a shipwreck" is first recorded mid-15c.; that of "a wrecked ship" is from c.1500. General sense of "remains of anything that has been ruined" is recorded from 1713; applied by 1795 to dissipated persons.
"to destroy, ruin," c.1500, from wreck (n.). Related: Wrecked; wrecking. Earlier (12c.) it meant "drive out or away, remove;" also "take vengeance."