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1shipwreck

noun ship·wreck \-ˌrek\

: the destruction or sinking of a ship at sea

: a ruined or destroyed ship

Full Definition of SHIPWRECK

1
:  a wrecked ship or its parts
2
:  the destruction or loss of a ship
3
:  an irretrievable loss or failure

Examples of SHIPWRECK

  1. Only a few sailors survived the shipwreck.
  2. The crew narrowly avoided shipwreck.
  3. Divers searched the sunken shipwreck.

Origin of SHIPWRECK

alteration of earlier shipwrack, from Middle English schipwrak, from Old English scipwræc, from scip ship + wræc something driven by the sea — more at wrack
First Known Use: 12th century

2shipwreck

transitive verb

Definition of SHIPWRECK

1
a :  to cause to experience shipwreck
b :  ruin
2
:  to destroy (a ship) by grounding or foundering

Examples of SHIPWRECK

  1. <the yachtsman fell asleep at the wheel and shipwrecked his ketch on the rocks>

First Known Use of SHIPWRECK

1589

Related to SHIPWRECK

Synonyms
strand, wreck
SHIPWRECKING Defined for Kids

1shipwreck

noun ship·wreck \ˈship-ˌrek\

Definition of SHIPWRECK for Kids

1
:  a ruined or destroyed ship <Divers explored the shipwreck.>
2
:  the loss or destruction of a ship <Only a few sailors survived the shipwreck.>

2shipwreck

verb
ship·wreckedship·wreck·ing

Definition of SHIPWRECK for Kids

1
:  to cause to experience destruction of a ship and usually be left stranded <The crew was shipwrecked.>
2
:  to ruin or destroy (a ship) by crashing ashore or sinking

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