wreck


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wreck \Wreck\, v. t. & n.
   See 2d & 3d Wreak.
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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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wreck \Wreck\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wrecked; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Wrecking.]
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   1. To destroy, disable, or seriously damage, as a vessel, by
      driving it against the shore or on rocks, by causing it to
      become unseaworthy, to founder, or the like; to shipwreck.
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            Supposing that they saw the king's ship wrecked.
                                                  --Shak.
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   2. To bring wreck or ruin upon by any kind of violence; to
      destroy, as a railroad train.
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   3. To involve in a wreck; hence, to cause to suffer ruin; to
      balk of success, and bring disaster on.
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            Weak and envied, if they should conspire,
            They wreck themselves.                --Daniel.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wreck \Wreck\, v. i.
   1. To suffer wreck or ruin. --Milton.
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   2. To work upon a wreck, as in saving property or lives, or
      in plundering.
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