Definition of shipwreck in English:


Syllabification: ship·wreck
Pronunciation: /ˈSHipˌrek


  • 1The destruction of a ship at sea by sinking or breaking up, e.g., in a storm or after running aground.
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    • With the help of his faithful spirit Ariel, Prospero conjures up a great storm causing a shipwreck on the shore nearby.
    • The annals of the marine record no example of a shipwreck so terrible as that of the Medusa frigate.
    • Impetuous storms and violent shipwrecks occur at sea.
  • 1.1A ship so destroyed: the detritus of a forgotten shipwreck in an Arctic sea
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    • There were a record number of entries from yellow submarines, tall ships, small ships, rafts, sea serpents, to shipwrecks and fishing boats and lots more besides.
    • Widely regarded as the Mount Everest of diveable shipwrecks is the ocean liner HMHS Britannic.
    • The Heritage Office has released a shipwreck conservation management plan that documents the discovery of the submarine.


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  • (Of a person or ship) suffer a shipwreck: he was shipwrecked off the coast of Sardinia and nearly drowned figurative her right to a fair trial might be shipwrecked by prosecutorial misconduct
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    • Accounts written by other mariners shipwrecked along the same coast chronicled brutal enslavement at the hands of ruthless desert nomads.
    • Today the morality tale of this York shipwrecked mariner is republished as ‘classic summer reading’.
    • During the 17th and 18th centuries, there were other mariners shipwrecked or abandoned and subsequently rescued.

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