wreckage

noun
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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Graphic video after the attack showed bodies burned inside homes with some wreckage still on fire. Baba Ahmed, The Seattle Times, "Militia head refutes his group responsible for Mali massacre," 25 Mar. 2019 The instruments will be key in finding the wreckage, which researchers believe might be in pretty good condition. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Antarctic Expedition Hopeful of Finding Ernest Shackleton's Long-Lost Research Vessel," 4 Feb. 2019 Markwood made multiple passes over the wreckage, trying to assess the situation and mark the location, the report said. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "First findings released in Susitna River fatal midair plane collision," 22 June 2018 The wreckage, of course, might provide some insight about what caused the airplane to crash, and crews were still looking for it as recently as this year. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., chicagotribune.com, "MH370 experts think they've finally solved the mystery of the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight," 14 May 2018 The wreckage, of course, might provide some insight about what caused the airplane to crash, and crews were still looking for it as recently as this year. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "MH370 experts think they've finally solved the mystery of the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight," 14 May 2018 The National Transportation Safety Board is in the process of meticulously evaluating the wreckage, which has been transported to a secure facility in the Valley. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Scottsdale plane crash: 'Wings became nearly vertical,' new details report," 26 Apr. 2018 The fire spread so quickly that crash survivors risked their own lives to pull friends and family out of the wreckage. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Hammond Train Wreck of 1918 Killed Scores of Circus Performers," 22 June 2018 The exact location of the wreckage is still a secret, but it was discovered in November 2015 off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia. CBS News, "Robot submarine finds "holy grail of shipwrecks" with up to $17 billion in treasure," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of wreckage

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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wreckage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wreckage

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

wreckage

noun
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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