Definition of wreck in English:
- Whisky Galore, a fictional account of an actual wreck of a ship loaded with whisky on Eriskay, was made into a highly successful film.
- Geranium, a French warship sent from Cherbourg, was alerting other ships to the wreck while a single buoy marked the spot.
- Te Namu Bay was the scene of the 1862 wreck of the ship the Lord Worsley, and was one of the most beautiful spots in the district.
- Plans to move the wreck of destroyer HMS Wakeful out of a shipping lane have been amended to allow the ship to safely remain where she sank during the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.
- The wrecks of such ships have inevitably been targets for treasure-seekers.
- Everyone hopes to find the treasure hidden in the wreck, even though many doubt that it's there at all.
- The driver of the pickup, who walked away from the wreck of his vehicle, was also taken to hospital, where he received 12 stitches to his forehead.
- The station was a wreck when it was bought 18 years ago and the garden non-existent.
- It was like walking around at the site of a spaceship wreck - huge pieces of dismantled machinery everywhere.
- A fatal car wreck late Sunday night forced investigators to close a southwest Valley intersection through Monday morning, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
- Cars and bicyclists often are not looking for each other, which can lead to wrecks at intersections.
- Michigan's no-fault insurance law provides unlimited lifetime coverage for medical expenses tied to auto wrecks.
- The whole point of this storyline is that he has reduced her to a gibbering wreck through emotional and verbal cruelty without any physical violence.
- I am a physical wreck, I do not sleep properly and I do not eat properly.
- Are pupils and parents really so terrible they can reduce grown-up professionals to quivering wrecks?
verb[with object] Back to top
- Iziko Museums in Cape Town have started off a project to find different slave ships that were wrecked along the South African coastline.
- His ship is wrecked and the passengers take to the long-boat.
- The approach to Jeddah is filled with dangerous reefs, and over the years several ships have been wrecked.
- His luck then goes from bad to worse as he is brought before the Spanish Inquisition, swindled out of a Mexican fortune, wrecked on a desert island and separated from his true love, Cunegonde.
- Individual scenes are well staged: when wrecked on the shores of Pentapolis, Pericles arrives in a launderette swimming in water and bedecked with old clothes.
- Her great grandfather lived quite an adventurous life and was ship wrecked off the coast of Iceland.
- The seashore inhabitants gained some recompense by resorting to wrecking, a tradition which lasted well into the 19th cent., and by their own privateering and smuggling.
- The crew took the Pacific Emerald for wrecking but the second part of the settlement was never honoured.
- The disorientation is fitting because, startling as it now seems, wrecking was practiced not by rogues or villains but by unremarkable locals.
- Two serious accidents, destroying four vehicles and wrecking a house wall and a traffic light at the junction, have already occurred since the lights failed last Thursday morning.
- Photographs of the apparent aftermath - showing wrecked vehicles and dented police helmets - have since appeared on several Weblogs.
- That Nolan was there to play his part was a near-miracle in itself after the youngster's lucky escape from that morning's dramatic smash that wrecked his car.
- Holmes has spent most of her career cursing her luck after a string of injuries wrecked her chances of gold at major championships.
- Yet Larkham says that the rapid recovery of debutant lock Justin Harrison, whose career was almost wrecked by a similar injury last year, has been an inspiration to him in his darker moments.
- Keith Wood will be with the 41-man Irish squad on the tour but has no intention of playing in any of the three games after a season wrecked by injury.
- The license allows a business to buy and resell vehicles for wrecking, processing, scrapping, recycling or dismantling.
- The contractor should plan for the wrecking of the structure, the equipment to do the work, manpower requirements, and the protection of the public.
When it first appeared wreck meant ‘cargo or wreckage washed ashore from a wrecked or stranded vessel’. The word came into English from Old French wrec. The source was an Old Norse word meaning ‘to drive’ that was related to wreak, ‘to cause a lot of damage or harm’, and to rack. A person in a state of stress or emotional exhaustion has been a wreck since the 1790s and a nervous wreck since about 1870. Wretch (Old English) and wretched (Middle English) are related to wreak.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.