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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.

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


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 in a sentence

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

1589

First Known Use of shipwreck

1589


SHIPWRECK Defined for English Language Learners

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shipwreck

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noun ship·wreck \-ˌrek\

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

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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