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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for wreckage

debris, rubble, wreck, remains, ruins, remnants, shambles, havoc, flotsam

Examples from the Web for wreckage

Contemporary Examples of wreckage

Historical Examples of wreckage

  • 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



the act of wrecking or the state of being wrecked; ruin or destruction
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for wreckage

1837, from wreck + -age.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper