• WordNet 3.6
    • n wrecker a truck equipped to hoist and pull wrecked cars (or to remove cars from no-parking zones)
    • n wrecker someone who commits sabotage or deliberately causes wrecks
    • n wrecker someone who demolishes or dismantles buildings as a job
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wrecker A vessel employed by wreckers.
    • Wrecker One who causes a wreck, as by false lights, and the like.
    • Wrecker One who searches fro, or works upon, the wrecks of vessels, etc. Specifically: One who visits a wreck for the purpose of plunder. One who is employed in saving property or lives from a wrecked vessel, or in saving the vessel; as, the wreckers of Key West.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wrecker One whose business it is to tear down buildings preparatory to the erection of new ones on their sites.
    • n wrecker A person who purposely causes a wreck or wreck-age of any kind, or a person who commits depredation upon such wreckage. Specifically
    • n wrecker One who causes the wreck or ruin of anything; one who lays snares or uses artful or dishonest means to cause physical, financial, or moral wreckage: as, a train wrecker (on a railroad); a bank- wrecker; the wrecker of another's character.
    • n wrecker A person employed in recovering wrecked or disabled vessels, or cargo and other property from such vessels, on account of the owners, underwriters, or other persons legitimately concerned; also, a vessel employed in this service.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Wrecker a person who purposely causes a wreck or who plunders wreckage: one who lures a ship on to the rocks for purposes of plunder: one who criminally ruins anything: a person employed by the owners in recovering disabled vessels or their cargo
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wræc, expulsion—wrecan, to drive, Low Ger. wrak, Dut. wrak, Ice. reki, a thing drifted ashore; a doublet of wrack.


In literature:

Maybe he was a wrecker, Cora.
"The Motor Girls on Crystal Bay" by Margaret Penrose
She did not hear the cry of horror from the wreckers.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 91, May, 1865" by Various
Although Mr. Longhurst knew nothing of Bellairs, the shady lawyer knew all about the Wrecker Boss.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Fisher after fisher, I wrote, and my pen tripped; for it should rather stand wrecker after wrecker.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 16 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
That may be why we prefer "The Wrecker" to "The Rescue.
"The So-called Human Race" by Bert Leston Taylor
Several submarines have been sunk in the Great War, and one or more of these might be fished up by wreckers.
"The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Had this vessel, on which the wreckers were engaged, been freighted with money, and had the boxes been buried as soon as brought ashore?
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
Already, confused and blinded Darzent ships were drifting in space, with Onzar wrecker tugs swarming in on them.
"Evil Out of Onzar" by Mark Ganes
Doubtless kingly Richard drew abhorrence for the wrecker from his own bitter experience on the inhospitable rocky coast of Istria!
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
If one price will not bring it, another will, and the value to the wrecker depends upon the amount of assets.
"The Galaxy, June 1877" by Various
She thought she heard noises in the distance, and recalled tales of smugglers and wreckers and ghost-haunted coves.
"The Head Girl at the Gables" by Angela Brazil
They plunge hither and thither, like wreckers into the surf; and each plunge brings up a sample of misery, filth, and woe.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
We are not the wreckers yonder, though we well might be.
"Harper's Round Table, August 13, 1895" by Various
The morning dawned, bleak and blue; the thin light came into the cracks of a wrecker's hut, colder than even on the sea.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 99, January, 1866" by Various
One of the wreckers and myself wished to exchange places, but my captain would not consent.
"The Story of a Strange Career" by Anonymous
But the wreckers were too much occupied with their own affairs to pay any attention to him.
"The Wreckers of Sable Island" by J. Macdonald Oxley
Some wreckers are coming up directly to cut my throat and that of another chap in that cottage.
"Sturdy and Strong" by G. A. Henty
He comes of the 'wreckers.
"Ruth Fielding at Lighthouse Point" by Alice B. Emerson
Not a wrecker, I hope?
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
One started to follow, but the chief of the wreckers waved him back.
"Held for Orders" by Frank H. Spearman

In poetry:

Sir William Joynson-Hicks
Could only count up to six,
Which was rather a wrecker
For his hopes of the Exchequer
"Clerihew – Joynson-Hicks" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
By this cold shuddering fit of fear
My heart divines a presence here,
Goddess or ghost yclept;
Wrecker of homes . . .
"The Glen Of Silence" by Hugh MacDiarmid
No ruthless wrecker of harmonious order;
No alien heart of discord and caprice;
A beckoning light upon the Blissful Border;
A kindred element of law and peace.
"The Dark Companion" by James Brunton Stephens
But, thank God, out of twenty-nine eleven were saved,
Owing to the way the lifeboat men behaved;
And when they landed with the eleven wreckers at Ramsgate,
The people's joy was very great.
"The Wreck of the 'Indian Chief'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Wrecker Services Still Busy After Winter Storm.
"We went 4-6 that season, but we called ourselves 'The Homecoming Wreckers ,'" DeSantis said.
Lawrenceville Towing & Wrecker Services.
Lawrenceville Towing & Wrecker Services of North Georgia 678 608-5441.
Gwinnett Towing & Wrecker Services.
Gwinnett Towing & Wrecker Services of Lawrenceville, Georgia 678 608-5441.
Corporation Commission to Hold Hearings on Wrecker Rates.
Multi-vehicle fire at Kelley Wrecker .
Wreckers blanked by top-ranked Wilton in FCIAC quarterfinals.
Employees with CSX and Grants Wrecker Equipment confer before removing a truck from the railroad tracks in Coward early Saturday morning.
Art Deco Once Faced the Wrecker's Ball.
It took eight hours for Floyd's Wrecker Service to remove the tractor trailer from the unusual accident site.
The tractor trailer that crashed into a ditch June 12 was successfully removed by Floyd's Wrecker Service.
"We had to use two trucks to pull it out," said Terri Floyd, owner of Floyd's Wrecker Service.
Chester Powells owns the wrecker company that was called to the scene.