wrack


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wrack \Wrack\, n.
   A thin, flying cloud; a rack.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wrack \Wrack\, v. t.
   To rack; to torment. [R.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wrack \Wrack\, n. [OE. wrak wreck. See Wreck.]
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   1. Wreck; ruin; destruction. [Obs.] --Chaucer. "A world
      devote to universal wrack." --Milton.
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   2. Any marine vegetation cast up on the shore, especially
      plants of the genera Fucus, Laminaria, and Zostera,
      which are most abundant on northern shores.
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   3. (Bot.) Coarse seaweed of any kind.
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   Wrack grass, or Grass wrack (Bot.), eelgrass.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wrack \Wrack\, v. t.
   To wreck. [Obs.] --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wreck \Wreck\, n. [OE. wrak, AS. wr[ae]c exile, persecution,
   misery, from wrecan to drive out, punish; akin to D. wrak,
   adj., damaged, brittle, n., a wreck, wraken to reject, throw
   off, Icel. rek a thing drifted ashore, Sw. vrak refuse, a
   wreck, Dan. vrag. See Wreak, v. t., and cf. Wrack a
   marine plant.] [Written also wrack.]
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   1. The destruction or injury of a vessel by being cast on
      shore, or on rocks, or by being disabled or sunk by the
      force of winds or waves; shipwreck.
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            Hard and obstinate
            As is a rock amidst the raging floods,
            'Gainst which a ship, of succor desolate,
            Doth suffer wreck, both of herself and goods.
                                                  --Spenser.
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   2. Destruction or injury of anything, especially by violence;
      ruin; as, the wreck of a railroad train.
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            The wreck of matter and the crush of worlds.
                                                  --Addison.
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            Its intellectual life was thus able to go on amidst
            the wreck of its political life.      --J. R. Green.
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   3. The ruins of a ship stranded; a ship dashed against rocks
      or land, and broken, or otherwise rendered useless, by
      violence and fracture; as, they burned the wreck.
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   4. The remain of anything ruined or fatally injured.
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            To the fair haven of my native home,
            The wreck of what I was, fatigued I come. --Cowper.
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   5. (Law) Goods, etc., which, after a shipwreck, are cast upon
      the land by the sea. --Bouvier.
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