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shipwreck

noun ship·wreck \ ˈship-ˌrek \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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 in a Sentence

  1. Only a few sailors survived the shipwreck.

  2. The crew narrowly avoided shipwreck.

  3. Divers searched the sunken shipwreck.

Recent Examples of shipwreck from the Web

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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

shipwreck Synonyms


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shipwreck

verb

Definition of shipwreck

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

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

Recent Examples of shipwreck from the Web

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First Known Use of shipwreck

1589

shipwreck Synonyms

Synonyms
strand, wreck
Related Words
beach; founder; scuttle
Near Antonyms
recover, salvage

SHIPWRECK Defined for English Language Learners

shipwreck

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

noun ship·wreck \ ˈship-ˌrek \

Definition of shipwreck for Students

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.

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shipwreck

verb

Definition of shipwreck for Students

shipwrecked; shipwrecking
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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