• "'It is a terrible thing, is a wreck on this coast.'"
    "'It is a terrible thing, is a wreck on this coast.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wreck smash or break forcefully "The kid busted up the car"
    • n wreck a ship that has been destroyed at sea
    • n wreck a serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles) "they are still investigating the crash of the TWA plane"
    • n wreck an accident that destroys a ship at sea
    • n wreck something or someone that has suffered ruin or dilapidation "the house was a wreck when they bought it","thanks to that quack I am a human wreck"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Wreck The Wreck
Wrecks! And the Ice Between Wrecks! And the Ice Between
The Wreck of the Maine The Wreck of the Maine

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The skipper's real name on Gilligan's Island is Jonas Grumby. It was mentioned once in the first episode on their radio's newscast about the wreck.
    • Wreck Destruction or injury of anything, especially by violence; ruin; as, the wreck of a railroad train. "The wreck of matter and the crush of worlds.""Its intellectual life was thus able to go on amidst the wreck of its political life."
    • Wreck (Law) Goods, etc., which, after a shipwreck, are cast upon the land by the sea.
    • v. t. & n Wreck See 2d & 3d Wreak.
    • Wreck 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. "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."
    • Wreck The remain of anything ruined or fatally injured. "To the fair haven of my native home,
      The wreck of what I was, fatigued I come."
    • Wreck 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 .
    • Wreck To bring wreck or ruin upon by any kind of violence; to destroy, as a railroad train.
    • Wreck 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. "Supposing that they saw the king's ship wrecked ."
    • Wreck To involve in a wreck; hence, to cause to suffer ruin; to balk of success, and bring disaster on. "Weak and envied, if they should conspire,
      They wreck themselves."
    • Wreck To suffer wreck or ruin.
    • Wreck To work upon a wreck, as in saving property or lives, or in plundering.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wreck The destruction, disorganization, disruption, or ruin of anything by force and violence; dilapidation: as, the wreck of a bridge; the wreck of one's fortunes.
    • n wreck That which is in a state of wreck or ruin, or remains from the operation of any destroying agency: as, the building is a mere wreck; he is but the wreck of his former self.
    • n wreck The partial or total destruction of a vessel at sea or in any navigable water, by any accident of navigation or by the force of the elements; shipwreck.
    • n wreck A vessel ruined by wreck; the hulk and spars, more or less dismembered and shattered, of a vessel cast away or completely disabled by breaching, staving, or otherwise breaking.
    • n wreck That which is east ashore by the sea; shipwrecked property, whether a part of the ship or of the cargo; wreckage; in old Eng. common law, derelict of the sea cast upon land within the body of a country, and not in the possession of the owner or his agents. Wreck, or more fully wreck of the sea, was at common law applied only to wrecked property cast by the sea upon the land; and this included things grounded—that is, not floating at the time of seizure, although in a position where the tide would float them again. All such property was originally the perquisite of the crown, or of its tenant the lord of the manor; but in course of time an exception was made of wrecks from which any living thing escaped to land, in which case a presumption that an owner would appear arose and the property was preserved for a year and a day, after which if no claim was established the right of the crown was recognized. Wrecked matter floating was within the jurisdiction not of the common-law courts, but of admiralty, and known as derelict, or derelict of the sea. This too was a perquisite of the crown, claimed under the name of a droit of admiralty. Such matter was classed as flotsam, jetsam, and lagan or ligan (which see). In the United States the right to derelict for which the owner does not appear is in the Federal government; the right to wreck for which he does not appear is in the State to whose coast it comes, subject usually in either case to the right of the rescuer of it to a compensation known as salvage.
    • n wreck Seaweeds cast ashore by storms; wrack.
    • wreck To cause the wreck of, as a vessel; suffer to be ruined or destroyed in the course of navigation or management: said specifically of the person under whose charge a vessel is at the time of its wreck, and usually implying blame, even in case of misfortune.
    • wreck To cause the downfall or overthrow of; ruin; shatter; destroy; bring into a disabled or ruinous condition by any means: as, to wreck a railroad-train or a bank; to wreck the fortunes of a family.
    • wreck To involve in a wreck; imperil or damage by wreck: as, a wrecked sailor; wrecked cargo
    • wreck To suffer wreck or ruin.
    • n wreck An obsolete form of wreak.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wreck rek destruction: destruction of a ship: ruins of a destroyed ship: remains of anything ruined: shipwrecked property
    • v.t Wreck to destroy or disable: to ruin
    • v.i Wreck to suffer wreck or ruin
    • n Wreck rek (Spens.) same as Wreak
    • v.t Wreck (Milt.) to wreak
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  • Sarah Orne Jewett
    Sarah Orne Jewett
    “Wrecked on the lee shore of age.”
  • Sir Walter Scott
    “A rusty nail placed near a faithful compass, will sway it from the truth, and wreck the argosy.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life --and one is as good as the other.”
  • Proverb
    “A wreck on shore is a beacon at sea.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Haste and rashness are storms and tempests, breaking and wrecking business; but nimbleness is a full, fair wind, blowing it with speed to the heaven.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    “The mind profits by the wrecks of every passion.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wrak, AS. wræc, 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


In literature:

Jack felt that he could have borne the trial much better, had he and his friends been alone on the wreck.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
He saw the utter wreck of his own hopes, of his entire scheme of life.
"The Last Woman" by Ross Beeckman
One was wrecked near Bayonne.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
By this time the craft had approached close to the wreck.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
Of course I know that we're wrecked, and goodness knows that's bad enough.
"The First Mate" by Harry Collingwood
Carnival comes, and completes the wreck of the proprieties.
"Stray Studies from England and Italy" by John Richard Greene
At the station they found a pitiful wreck.
"Gold Out of Celebes" by Aylward Edward Dingle
That's what wrecked him.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
The people upon the wreck all perished about one in morning.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous
Pieces of wreck floating about.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth

In poetry:

But does it ever look backward
In this march of the mighty mind,
To see the wreck of its playthings
It has left so far behind?
"What Of The Dim Old Legends?" by Alexander Anderson
"Ah, Mary, sweetest maid, farewell!
My hopes are flown, for a 's to wreck;
Heaven guard you, love, and heal your heart,
Though mine, alas, alas! maun break."
"The Lass O' Isla" by Alexander Boswell
'Why starts the youth? -- approach -- draw near;
Behold the wreck of storm and wave!--
'Tis all that's left? -- my Harp so dear
I burn'd, that fair one's life to save!'
"The Harp. A Legendary Tale. In Two Parts" by Hector MacNeill
How long in your wrecked halls alone
With ghosts of joys must I remain?
Between the unknown and the known,
Still listening to the wind and rain,
And my own heart's wild moan.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
'Tis He who calmed the raging sea,
Who bids the waves be still in thee,
And keeps you from all dangers free
Amidst the wreck;
All sin, and care, and dangers flee
E'en at His beck.
"Epistle To The Rev. J--- B---, Whilst Journeying For The Recovery Of His Health" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
"Bring me my broken harp," he said;
"We both are wrecks,— but as ye will,—
Though all its ringing tones have fled,
Their echoes linger round it still;
It had some golden strings, I know,
But that was long— how long!— ago.
"The Silent Melody" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Tanner's worked to get this truck back on the road Tuesday as the wreck on Highway 171 at about 4 pm blocked traffic.
The driver was in the wreck for five hours before being discovered.
Firefighters respond to wreck with entrapment .
Train Wreck or Rest Stop.
Woman in Monday morning wreck charged with DUI.
The wreck happened shortly before 1:00 am Friday on Montana and Global Reach Rd.
Victim in fatal HWY 169 wreck.
Amadan, Sassparilla and The Beautiful Train Wrecks.
One hurt in Piercetown wreck.
Flooding of this home's first floor also wrecked its existing AV, which turned into a good excuse to upgrade everything.
And it would completely change the politics of the coming train wreck.
5 Top Jersey Wreck Targets.
Jeff Gordon wrecked Chase for the.
Two life- flighted after Friday wreck.
Last Friday night, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their "Wrecking Ball" Tour in NYC at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

In science:

These IR poles a priori wreck any Wilsonian interpretation of noncommutative field theories since integrating out short distance fluctuations gives rise to long distance effects (UV/IR mixing , ).
Blocking up D-branes : Matrix renormalization ?
Global issues might well wreck this framework since there could be nontrivial topological obstructions to recovering smooth limits.
Blocking up D-branes : Matrix renormalization ?
It was good, but also slightly nerve-wrecking, to hear many of the points I had planned to mention coming up naturally in the past hour.
Concluding Remarks JD13
Other non-local formulations have been tried but these all either break Lorentz invariance or dynamically generate ghost contributions which wreck the theory (for an excellent treatment of these problems see ).
Kaplan-Narayanan-Neuberger lattice fermions pass a perturbative test
TeV; and the late decay of even a relatively small number of such massive particles can wreck BBN and/or the thermal spectrum of the CBR.
Dark Matter and Structure Formation in the Universe