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shipwreck

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noun ship·wreck \-ˌrek\

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 in a Sentence

  1. Only a few sailors survived the shipwreck.

  2. The crew narrowly avoided shipwreck.

  3. Divers searched the sunken shipwreck.

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Origin and Etymology 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


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shipwreck

verb ship·wreck

Definition of shipwreck

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to cause to experience shipwreckb :  ruin

  3. 2 :  to destroy (a ship) by grounding or foundering

Examples of shipwreck in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of shipwreck

1589


SHIPWRECK Defined for English Language Learners

shipwreck

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noun

Definition of shipwreck for English Language Learners

  • : the destruction or sinking of a ship at sea

  • : a ruined or destroyed ship


SHIPWRECK Defined for Kids

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shipwreck

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noun ship·wreck \ˈship-ˌrek\

Definition of shipwreck for Students

  1. 1 :  a ruined or destroyed ship Divers explored the shipwreck.

  2. 2 :  the loss or destruction of a ship Only a few sailors survived the shipwreck.


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shipwreck

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verb ship·wreck

Definition of shipwreck for Students

shipwrecked

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shipwrecking

  1. 1 :  to cause to experience destruction of a ship and usually be left stranded The crew was shipwrecked.

  2. 2 :  to ruin or destroy (a ship) by crashing ashore or sinking



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