wreck (plural wrecks)
- Something or someone that has been ruined.
- He was an emotional wreck after the death of his wife.
- Synonyms: basket case, mess#Etymology 2|mess
- The remains of something that has been severely damaged or worn down.
- To the fair haven of my native home, / The wreck of what I was, fatigued I come.
- An event in which something is damaged through collision.
- 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 5, scene 1]:
- the wrecks of matter and the crush of worlds
- Hard and obstinate / As is a rock amidst the raging floods, / 'Gainst which a ship, of succour desolate, / Doth suffer wreck, both of herself and goods.
- Its intellectual life was thus able to go on amidst the wreck of its political life.
- (legal) Goods, etc. cast ashore by the sea after a shipwreck.
- French: épave
- German: Wrack, Schrott, Schrotthaufen, Schrottkiste
- Italian: relitto, rottame
- Spanish: cacharro, trasto, guiñapo
- French: carcasse
- German: Wrack
- Italian: carcassa, relitto, carretta, resti, rovine, colabrodo, rottame
- Portuguese: destroço
- French: accident
- German: Zusammenstoß
- Italian: collisione, disastro
- Portuguese: choque
- Russian: ава́рия
- Spanish: choque
wreck (wrecks, present participle wrecking; past and past participle wrecked)
- To destroy violently; to cause severe damage to something, to a point where it no longer works, or is useless.
- He wrecked the car in a collision.
- That adulterous hussy wrecked my marriage!
- 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
- Supposing that they saw the king's ship wrecked.
- To ruin or dilapidate.
- (Australian English) To dismantle wrecked vehicles or other objects, to reclaim any useful parts.
- 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.
- See also Thesaurus:destroy