shipwreck

1 of 2

noun

ship·​wreck ˈship-ˌrek How to pronounce shipwreck (audio)
1
: a wrecked ship or its parts
2
: the destruction or loss of a ship
3
: an irretrievable loss or failure

shipwreck

2 of 2

verb

shipwrecked; shipwrecking; shipwrecks

transitive verb

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

Examples of shipwreck in a Sentence

Noun Only a few sailors survived the shipwreck. The crew narrowly avoided shipwreck. Divers searched the sunken shipwreck. Verb the yachtsman fell asleep at the wheel and shipwrecked his ketch on the rocks
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The Titanic, often called the world's most tragic shipwreck, hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic on its maiden voyage and sank on April 15, 1912. George Petras, USA TODAY, 13 July 2024 Now, more than a century later, the shipwreck is getting extra protection. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 July 2024
Verb
Worlds collide as Japan’s most gifted warlord, Yoshii Toranaga — played by Hiroyuki Sanada — fights an impeachment attempt from his four fellow rulers on the Council of Regents while an English pilot named John Blackmore — played by Cosmo Jarvis — ends up shipwrecked in Japan. Skyler Trepel, Peoplemag, 16 June 2024 After an ambitious solo trip leaves her shipwrecked on a remote island, a young sailor is rescued by its lone inhabitant: a lighthouse keeper. Jack Dunn, Variety, 17 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for shipwreck 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of shipwreck was in the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Shipwreck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shipwreck. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

shipwreck

1 of 2 noun
ship·​wreck -ˌrek How to pronounce shipwreck (audio)
1
: a wrecked ship
2
: the destruction or loss of a ship

shipwreck

2 of 2 verb
1
: to cause to experience shipwreck
a storm that shipwrecked the sailors
2
: to destroy (a ship) by driving ashore or sinking

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