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wrecking

[ rek-ing ]
/ ˈrɛk ɪŋ /
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noun

the act, work, or business of a wrecker.

adjective

employed or for use in wrecking: a wrecking crew.

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RELATED WORDS

breaking, bashing, smashing, splitting, shattering, ruining, battering, destructive

Nearby words

wrecked, wrecker, wrecker's ball, wreckfish, wreckful, wrecking, wrecking bar, wrecking car, wrecking crane, wrekin, wren

Origin of wrecking

First recorded in 1795–1805; wreck + -ing1

Definition for wrecking (2 of 2)

wreck

[ rek ]
/ rɛk /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to be involved in a wreck; become wrecked: The trains wrecked at the crossing.
to act as a wrecker; engage in wrecking.

Origin of wreck

1200–50; (noun) Middle English wrec, wrech, wrek < Old Danish wrækæ wreck; (v.) late Middle English, derivative of the noun
SYNONYMS FOR wreck
Related formsun·wrecked, adjective
Can be confusedrack wrack wreak wreckracked wracked wreaked wrecked
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British Dictionary definitions for wrecking

wreck

/ (rɛk) /

verb

to involve in or suffer disaster or destruction
(tr) to cause the wreck of (a ship)

noun

Word Origin for wreck

C13: from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic rek. See wrack ², wreak
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