wreck·​age | \ ˈre-kij How to pronounce wreckage (audio) \

Definition of wreckage

1 : the act of wrecking : the state of being wrecked
2a : something that has been wrecked
b : broken and disordered parts or material from something wrecked

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Examples of wreckage in a Sentence

Workers sifted through the wreckage of the building, searching for bodies. They cleared the wreckage from the track.

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Officers who arrived on scene said Brent was seen trying to pull Brown's body from the wreckage. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Ex-Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent arrested after allegedly resisting police outside Wendy's," 1 July 2019 The Prince George’s County Fire Department said one person was pronounced dead at the scene after being extricated from the wreckage. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Crash, serious injury close Baltimore-Washington Parkway, officials say," 24 June 2019 The body of Sala, who had just signed for Cardiff City from French club Nantes and was traveling to join his new team in Wales, was recovered from the wreckage two weeks later. NBC News, "Man arrested in connection with death of soccer player Emiliano Sala," 19 June 2019 Central to Robinson’s story was not love, but the quest to recreate society for himself from the wreckage of his ship. 1843, "Love Island’s literary forebears, from Eden to The Tempest," 19 June 2019 Several people were rescued from the wreckage and rushed to area hospitals, CBS Corpus Christi affiliate KZTV reported. CBS News, "6 El Savador migrants killed, others critically injured in SUV accident in Texas," 5 June 2019 Though the landscapes were left devastated, these red poppies would spring from the wreckage come spring, like small beacons of hope. Elissa Sanci, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the Symbolism Behind Memorial Day Poppies," 9 May 2019 Reason for optimism: This isn't a guy who spent his high school career beating up on players half his size, putting together a highlight tape filled with body slams and wreckage. Nicholas Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football: OL Trente Jones could be versatile, starter one day," 20 June 2019 Serving as Obama’s vice president for eight years didn’t just give Biden a front-row seat to the persistence and wreckage of Republican partisan warfare. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Joe Biden’s Racial Dog Whistle," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of wreckage

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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English Language Learners Definition of wreckage

: the broken parts of a vehicle, building, etc., that has been badly damaged or destroyed


wreck·​age | \ ˈre-kij How to pronounce wreckage (audio) \

Kids Definition of wreckage

1 : the remains of a wreck I therefore set out … to search for whatever wreckage the waves had washed ashore.— Scott O'Dell, Island of the Blue Dolphins
2 : the act of wrecking : the state of being wrecked

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