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shipwreck

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noun ship·wreck \-ˌrek\

Simple Definition of shipwreck

  • : the destruction or sinking of a ship at sea

  • : a ruined or destroyed ship

Full Definition of shipwreck

  1. 1 :  a wrecked ship or its parts

  2. 2 :  the destruction or loss of a ship

  3. 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


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shipwreck

transitive verb ship·wreck

Definition of shipwreck

  1. 1a :  to cause to experience shipwreckb :  ruin

  2. 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>



1589

First Known Use of shipwreck

1589



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