• Mitral Paintings in the Ruins of an Ancient House At Kahun
    Mitral Paintings in the Ruins of an Ancient House At Kahun
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ruin fall into ruin
    • v ruin deprive of virginity "This dirty old man deflowered several young girls in the village"
    • v ruin destroy completely; damage irreparably "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!","The tears ruined her make-up"
    • v ruin reduce to ruins "The country lay ruined after the war"
    • v ruin reduce to bankruptcy "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!","The slump in the financial markets smashed him"
    • v ruin destroy or cause to fail "This behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election"
    • n ruin destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined
    • n ruin a ruined building "they explored several Roman ruins"
    • n ruin failure that results in a loss of position or reputation
    • n ruin an event that results in destruction
    • n ruin the process of becoming dilapidated
    • n ruin an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction "you have brought ruin on this entire family"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

the Island of Elephantine Seen from The Ruins Of Syenne the Island of Elephantine Seen from The Ruins Of Syenne
the Ruins of The Temple Of Hathor the Ruins of The Temple Of Hathor
the Ruined Pedestal of One Of The Colossi Of BiahmÛ the Ruined Pedestal of One Of The Colossi Of BiahmÛ
Ruins at Virginia Water Ruins at Virginia Water
A ruined fortress perched on a cliff A ruined fortress perched on a cliff
Ruined Mosque Broussa Ruined Mosque Broussa
Jamestown exploration trenches of 1955 from the air. Landmarks are the “old cypress” in the river, upper left, the tercentenary monument, and the standing ruin of the 18th-century Ambler house Jamestown exploration trenches of 1955 from the air. Landmarks are the “old cypress” in the river, upper left, the...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One gallon of used motor oil can ruin approximately one million gallons of fresh water
    • Ruin Such a change of anything as destroys it, or entirely defeats its object, or unfits it for use; destruction; overthrow; as, the ruin of a ship or an army; the ruin of a constitution or a government; the ruin of health or hopes. "Ruin seize thee, ruthless king!"
    • Ruin That which is fallen down and become worthless from injury or decay; as, his mind is a ruin ; especially, in the plural, the remains of a destroyed, dilapidated, or desolate house, fortress, city, or the like. "The Veian and the Gabian towers shall fall,
      And one promiscuous ruin cover all;
      Nor, after length of years, a stone betray
      The place where once the very ruins lay."
      "The labor of a day will not build up a virtuous habit on the ruins of an old and vicious character."
    • Ruin That which promotes injury, decay, or destruction. "The errors of young men are the ruin of business."
    • Ruin The act of falling or tumbling down; fall. "His ruin startled the other steeds."
    • Ruin The state of being dcayed, or of having become ruined or worthless; as, to be in ruins; to go to ruin .
    • v. t Ruin To bring to ruin; to cause to fall to pieces and decay; to make to perish; to bring to destruction; to bring to poverty or bankruptcy; to impair seriously; to damage essentially; to overthrow. "this mortal house I'll ruin .""By thee raised, I ruin all my foes.""The eyes of other people are the eyes that ruin us.""By the fireside there are old men seated,
      Seeling ruined cities in the ashes."
    • v. i Ruin To fall to ruins; to go to ruin; to become decayed or dilapidated; to perish. "Though he his house of polished marble build,
      Yet shall it ruin like the moth's frail cell."
      "If we are idle, and disturb the industrious in their business, we shall ruin the faster."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: President Eisenhower also banished squirrels from the grounds because they were ruining the green.
    • n ruin The act of falling or tumbling down; violent fall.
    • n ruin A violent or profound change of a thing, such as to unfit it for use, destroy its value, or bring it to an end; overthrow; downfall; collapse; wreck, material or moral: as, the ruin of a government; the ruin of health; financial ruin.
    • n ruin That which promotes injury, decay, or destruction; bane.
    • n ruin That which has undergone overthrow, downfall, or collapse; anything, as a building, in a state of destruction, wreck, or decay; hence, in the plural, the fragments or remains of anything overthrown or destroyed: as, the ruins of former beauty; the ruins of Nineveh.
    • n ruin The state of being ruined, decayed, destroyed, or rendered worthless.
    • n ruin Synonyms Subversion, wreck, shipwreck, prostration.
    • ruin To bring to ruin; cause the downfall, overthrow, or collapse of; damage essentially and irreparably; wreck the material or moral well-being of; demolish; subvert; spoil; undo: as, to ruin a city or a government; to ruin commerce; to ruin one's health or reputation.
    • ruin Specifically, to bring to financial ruin; reduce to a state of bankruptcy or extreme poverty.
    • ruin Synonyms To destroy, overthrow, overturn, overwhelm.
    • ruin To impoverish.
    • ruin To fall headlong and with violence; rush furiously downward.
    • ruin To fall into ruins; run to ruin; fall into decay; be dilapidated.
    • ruin To be overwhelmed by loss, failure, suffering, or the like; be brought to misery or poverty.
    • ruin To inflict ruin; do irreparable harm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The world's highest railway is in Peru. The Central Railway climbs to 15,694 feet in the Galera tunnel, 108 miles from Lima. Tourists take it to get to the ruins of Machu Picchu.
    • n Ruin rōō′in a rushing or falling down violently: destruction: overthrow: that which destroys: the remains of a building demolished or decayed (usually in pl.): the state of being ruined: wreck, material or moral
    • v.t Ruin to demolish: to destroy: to defeat: to impoverish: to bring to ruin: to undo: to spoil: to seduce, debauch
    • v.i Ruin to run to ruin: to fall into decay: to do irreparable harm
    • v.i Ruin (Spens.) to fall:—pr.p. ru′ināting; pa.p. ru′ināted
    • adj Ruin (obs.) falling to ruin: ruined
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “A man is a god in ruins.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “An archaeologist is someone whose career lies in ruins.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “A kiss may ruin a human life.”
  • Voltaire
    “I was never ruined but twice; once when I lost a lawsuit and once when I won one.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Life is short, but it's long enough to ruin any man who wants to be ruined.”
  • Will Rogers
    “Pain is such an uncomfortable feeling that even a tiny amount of it is enough to ruin every enjoyment.”


Rack and ruin - If something or someone goes to rack and ruin, they are utterly destroyed or wrecked.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ruine, F. ruine, fr. L. ruina, fr. ruere, rutum, to fall with violence, to rush or tumble down


In literature:

The ruins of this city may still be seen near the modern Sevastopol.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
There was an old wall across the pass, now in ruins.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
But although from a distance the castle on the green island seems utterly dismantled, it is not, even now, all ruin.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
I am ruined, entirely ruined!
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
It was a meagre old town, long since in ruins, the fosses and castle of which had been hastily repaired.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
The villages, which are mostly in ruins, are built on the sides of the rocks.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
But you persuaded him to labor there, and paid him in whiskey, and it ruined him, and ruined us all.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
We are ruined, and you are ruined too.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
This is not the place for detailed descriptions of these ruins.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
He turned his head at last, and his eyes rested upon the circular wall, four hundred feet below, that enclosed the temple ruins.
"The Rhodesian" by Gertrude Page

In poetry:

Love cannot die!
'Tis Deity!
'Tis bliss, pure, bright, supernal;
Though worlds shall fall
To ruin, — all,
Yes, all of Love 's eternal!
"To My Absent Wife" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Stoop closer to the ruined wall,
Whereon the wilful wilding sleeps,
As if its home were waterfall
By dripping clefts and shadowy steeps.
"Moss on a Wall" by Henry Kendall
My mother, ere the sounds had ceast,
Burst in, and drew me down:
Her joy o'erpowered us both, her breast
Covered lost friends and ruin'd town.
"Aletheia To Phraortes" by Walter Savage Landor
Let's ne'er forget, 'till turn'd to clay,
To praise our Saviour, night and day,
Who has our souls from ruin bought!
For us, what wonders has he wrought?
"An Exhortation To Give God Thanks For Our Redemption Through Christ" by Rees Prichard
But the billows are lost in a whelming wave,
Whose voice shall be never weary;
And Fancy has withered, like weeds on the grave
Of my loved, my ruined Mary.
"Stanzas #3" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
But I have straightened out
Ruin, wreck and wrack;
I toiled long years and at length
Came to so deep a thought
I can summon back
All their wholesome strength.
"The Results Of Thought" by William Butler Yeats

In news:

Let's Ruin a Summer Tradition.
Add this to the list of things we used to do all the time as kids that have now been totally RUINED.
Now they tour Europe and explore romance and ruins.
' Geezer ' won't let thugs ruin his walks.
Beneath the ruins of Genghis Khan 's capital city in Central Asia, archaeologists discovered artifacts from cultures near and far.
A place to put utility scale plants that won't ruin the desert.
Not cool, but don't let it ruin the rest of the memorial park.
But I don't want to ruin the suspense either.
Do Running Birds Ruin Pointing Dogs.
Queens Broker Is Accused of Bringing Immigrants' Ruin.
If there's one thing we love about fall, it's rocking a blowout without summer heat ruining our sleek tresses.
How much lead does it take to ruin a brain.
Showing Hama in ruins, Syria says revolt quelled.
I will stop at nothing to ruin your campaign.
Pistons coach once nearly ruined 76ers with bad personnel decisions.

In science:

Another situation that can be encountered in ruin theory is the random sum of claims, P ei , where ei are i.i.d. random variables with known exponential distribution.
Comparing Two Contaminated Samples
This would ruin the condition that i∗ : H1 (MK ; Z) ≃−→ H1 (W ; Z) is an isomorphism, which is necessary for a 4-manifold to be a slice disc complement.
A Second Order Algebraic Knot Concordance Group
The use of the equations of motion does not ruin the 1/Nc power counting in (49), although it introduces additional products of traces and powers of derivatives of ˆθ in (23).
Chiral Effective Lagrangian in the large-Nc limit: the nonet case
Similar corrections could ruin the degeneracy of squarks.
M Theory and Cosmology
However, this would ruin the original distribution.
New Lattice Based Cryptographic Constructions