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wrack

noun \ ˈrak \

Definition of wrack

1 a : a wrecked ship
b : wreckage
c : wreck
d dialect : the violent destruction of a structure, machine, or vehicle
2 a : marine vegetation; especially : kelp
b : dried seaweeds

Origin and Etymology of wrack

Middle English wrak, borrowed from Middle Dutch wrac, wracke & Middle Low German wrak, going back to Germanic *wrak-a- "something driven," noun derivative from the base of of Germanic *wrekan- "to drive out, pursue" — more at wreak

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wrack

noun

Definition of wrack

2 : a remnant of something destroyed

Origin and Etymology of wrack

Middle English wrake, wrak, going back to Old English wracu (genitive wræce) & wræc "vengeance, persecution, misery," noun derivatives from the base of Germanic *wrekan- "to drive out, pursue" — more at wreak


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wrack

verb

Definition of wrack

wracked; wracking; wracks
: to utterly ruin : wreck

Origin and Etymology of wrack

earlier, "to undergo shipwreck, cast ashore by shipwreck," derivative of 1wrack


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wrack

verb

Definition of wrack

wracked; wracking; wracks
: 4rack

Origin and Etymology of wrack

by alteration


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wrack

noun

Definition of wrack

: 3rack 2

First Known Use of wrack

1591

in the meaning defined above

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wrack

noun

Definition of wrack

: 1rack

First Known Use of wrack

1794

in the meaning defined above

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