wreckage

noun

wreck·​age ˈre-kij How to pronounce wreckage (audio)
1
: the act of wrecking : the state of being wrecked
2
a
: something that has been wrecked
b
: broken and disordered parts or material from something wrecked

Examples of wreckage in a Sentence

Workers sifted through the wreckage of the building, searching for bodies. They cleared the wreckage from the track.
Recent Examples on the Web Video that circulated online on Friday reportedly depicts the A-50’s burning wreckage in Krasnodar Krai, in Russia just east of the Sea of Azov. David Axe, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Police were able to pull the underage driver and a passenger out of the wreckage, but a second passenger was trapped in the backseat. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2024 The Scripps Institute and the Smithsonian were able to assess the evidence, and both support Romeo’s belief that the wreckage could be of Earhart’s plane, according to FOX News Digital. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 On day 90, sonar images from 16,000 feet underwater – nearly 4,000 feet deeper than the Titanic's wreckage – captured what appeared to be a plane within a 100-mile radius of Howland Island. Chris Eberhart, Fox News, 14 Feb. 2024 One hydrologist who’d moved to Idaho from Florida told me the wreckage reminded him of Hurricane Andrew. Ben Goldfarb, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Feb. 2024 The wreckage of a 244-foot merchant ship that sank in 1940 was recently found in Lake Superior. Gabe Hauari, USA TODAY, 13 Feb. 2024 In the dark below, the ultimate apex predator — a great white shark — hunts in the wreckage and is drawn to the smell of fresh blood in the water. Alex Ritman, Variety, 13 Feb. 2024 Related article 2 dead after plane crashes on I-75 near Naples, Florida Investigators will return to the crash scene Sunday to continue documenting the site, including using a drone to create an aerial map of the wreckage, Graham said. Rebekah Riess, CNN, 11 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wreckage was in 1837

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“Wreckage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wreckage. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

wreckage

noun
wreck·​age ˈrek-ij How to pronounce wreckage (audio)
1
a
: the act of wrecking
b
: the state of being wrecked
2
: the remains of a wreck

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