• WordNet 3.6
    • v wrack smash or break forcefully "The kid busted up the car"
    • n wrack dried seaweed especially that cast ashore
    • n wrack growth of marine vegetation especially of the large forms such as rockweeds and kelp
    • n wrack the destruction or collapse of something "wrack and ruin"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wrack A thin, flying cloud; a rack.
    • Wrack Any marine vegetation cast up on the shore, especially plants of the genera Fucus Laminaria, and Zostera, which are most abundant on northern shores.
    • Wrack (Bot) Coarse seaweed of any kind.
    • v. t Wrack To rack; to torment.
    • v. t Wrack To wreck.
    • Wrack Wreck; ruin; destruction. "A world devote to universal wrack ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wrack That which is cast ashore by the waves. Specifically
    • n wrack The destruction of a ship by winds or rocks or by the force of the waves; shipwreck. See wreck.
    • n wrack Destruction; ruin.
    • wrack To destroy; make shipwreck of; wreck.
    • n wrack A variant of rack.
    • wrack An obsolete misspelling of rack.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wrack rak a term loosely given to various seaweeds, esp. to the Fucaceæ, common on British shores, long valuable as a source of kelp, and utilised as manure: shipwreck: ruin
    • Wrack rak by-form of wreck.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wrak, wreck. See Wreck


In literature:

But you see there is the house going to wrack, the servant spending my money, and the discomfort.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I guess they must hev got wracked somewhar near, and war castaways, like ourselves.
"The Land of Fire" by Mayne Reid
His body trembled with fear, his head was wracked by a burning pain.
"Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends" by Gertrude Landa
"More Science From an Easy Chair" by Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
But talking only brought on a spell of body-wracking coughing.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
The dear old place was going to wrack and ruin, so Sir Robert's orders came that they were to quit.
"Penshurst Castle" by Emma Marshall
And I'll wrack your ship wi'oot meanin' to.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
I've been in the wracking and life-saving service thirty years come June.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, August 1877" by Various
Somehow in that moment Dean Rawson's wracked body passed beyond all pain.
"Two Thousand Miles Below" by Charles Willard Diffin
They out-Germaned the Germans in the way their organization withstood the shock and wrack of battle.
"The Note-Book of an Attache" by Eric Fisher Wood
In this storm-wracked world Jacques-Forget-Not is now a great judge and a most fanatical patriot.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
His Countries wrackes and cannot succor bring.
"The Tragedy Of Caesar's Revenge" by Anonymous
But a wrack draws them, like buzzards to a carcass.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 91, May, 1865" by Various
Nell was leaning against the table across the room, quietly observing Portsmouth upon the word-wrack.
"Mistress Nell" by George C. Hazelton, Jr.
The lion skin had fallen from his shoulders, and lay among the wrack of battle.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
I have been thinking, thinking, thinking; wracking my brain.
"The Beasts in the Void" by Paul W. Fairman
Like as not dey's a watchman on dat wrack.
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
She had evidently spent a sleepless and wracking eight hours.
"Triplanetary" by Edward Elmer Smith
The rest of his life could be measured in pain-wracked months, possibly only in weeks.
"Disaster Revisited" by Darius John Granger
It is some little treason to a natural storm to admire too eagerly the mimic wrack and menace of the paltry tempest of the smoke.
"London Impressions" by Alice Meynell

In poetry:

O Eileen Og, O wild Eileen,
My heart is wracked with fear
Lest you should meet your faery kin,
And, laughing, leave me here!
"The Enchantress" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
And what care we for war and wrack,
How kings and heroes rise and fall;
Look yonder,* in his coffin black,
There lies the greatest of them all!
"The Chronicle Of The Drum" by William Makepeace Thackeray
That thou hast alone the power
To subdue the pains that wrack me,
I admit it; but in what
Thou hast said of Christian magic
I, Daria, must deny it.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Ah, he who starts a million souls toward death
Should burn in utmost hell a million years!
—Mothers of men go on the destined wrack
To give them life, with anguish and with tears:—
"A Curse For Kings" by Vachel Lindsay
And the June sky glares on my prime--
But there in the gloom, with Time,
Huddled, with Time on its back,
Is a shadow that is my wrack.
Yes, it is I in the lair,
Peering and watching me there.
"Spectral" by John Drinkwater
Do you ever dream you hear it, you who went the lonely track?
Do you ever hear its simple melodies
Tossing round deserted beaches, with the flotsam and the wrack,
When the moonlight sprinkles silver on the trees?
"Peter Nelson's Fiddle" by John O Brien

In news:

Wrack inundation puts focus on long docks.
The international community will continue supporting Afghanistan after US and NATO combat forces leave the war-wracked nation by the end of 2014, a top UN envoy said Tuesday.
Norbert is dying — and he's wracked with guilt.
Why are the churches silent about the issues wracking our nation today.
We hope your customer traffic has remained strong despite the barrage of powerful storms that have wracked most of the country this winter.
Wrack inundation puts focus on long docks.
State gives Tybee Island OK to move beach wrack .
Tybee Island told to leave wrack on beach alone.
Wrack is piled at the base of the dune Tuesday.
Storm-wracked states prepare for Election Day.
US Sen John McCain says Washington is committed to keeping its Persian Gulf naval hub in Bahrain despite an Arab Spring-inspired uprising that has wracked the tiny kingdom.
Whitefish Bay native spends ' nerve -wracking' week in Tel Aviv.
I wracked my brain trying to think of something to write about this week.
And if you have ever wracked your brain, you know how painful that can be.
Scandal-wracked Olympus and three of its former top executives pleaded guilty in court over charges that they deliberately hid losses worth US $1.7 billion after a series of bad investments.