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wrack

noun \ ˈrak \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of wrack

1 a :a wrecked ship
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

transitive verb
: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

Origin and Etymology of wrack

by alteration


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wrack

noun

Definition of wrack

:3rack 2

First Known Use of wrack

1591


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wrack

noun

Definition of wrack

First Known Use of wrack

1794

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