from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The destruction of a ship, as by storm or collision.
- n. The remains of a wrecked ship.
- n. A complete failure or ruin.
- transitive v. Nautical To cause a ship to be destroyed, as by storm or collision.
- transitive v. Nautical To cause (a passenger or sailor on a ship) to suffer shipwreck.
- transitive v. To ruin utterly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A boat that has sunk or run aground so that it is no longer seaworthy.
- n. An event where a ship sinks or runs aground.
- v. To wreck a boat through a collision or mishap.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The breaking in pieces, or shattering, of a ship or other vessel by being cast ashore or driven against rocks, shoals, etc., by the violence of the winds and waves.
- n. A ship wrecked or destroyed upon the water, or the parts of such a ship; wreckage.
- n. Fig.: Destruction; ruin; irretrievable loss.
- transitive v. To destroy, as a ship at sea, by running ashore or on rocks or sandbanks, or by the force of wind and waves in a tempest.
- transitive v. To cause to experience shipwreck, as sailors or passengers. Hence, to cause to suffer some disaster or loss; to destroy or ruin, as if by shipwreck; to wreck.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The destruction or loss of a vessel by foundering at sea, by striking on a rock or shoal, or the like; the wreck of a ship.
- n. Total failure; destruction; ruin.
- n. Shattered remains, as of a vessel which has been wrecked; wreck; wreckage.
- To wreck; subject to the perils and distress of shipwreck.
- To wreck; ruin; destroy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an accident that destroys a ship at sea
- v. cause to experience shipwreck
- n. an irretrievable loss
- v. destroy a ship
- v. suffer failure, as in some enterprise
- v. ruin utterly
- n. a wrecked ship (or a part of one)
From Middle English schip-wracke, from Old English scipwræc ("jetsam"), equivalent to ship + wrack. Cognate with Scots schip-wrak ("to shipwreck", v), Swedish skeppsvrak ("shipwreck"). (Wiktionary)