wreckage

noun wreck·age \ ˈre-kij \
|Updated on: 13 Aug 2018

Definition of wreckage

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

  1. Workers sifted through the wreckage of the building, searching for bodies.

  2. They cleared the wreckage from the track.

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First Known Use of wreckage

1837

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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WRECKAGE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of wreckage for English Language Learners

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


WRECKAGE Defined for Kids

wreckage

noun wreck·age \ ˈre-kij \

Definition of wreckage for Students

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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