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

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 Even the seemingly tired plot of Maverick carrying around guilt over Goose all these years, and fretting about adding his kid to that wreckage, works unexpectedly well. Brian Lowry, CNN, 12 May 2022 In addition to wreckage from the tornado, three University of Oklahoma meteorology students traveling back from storm-chasing in Kansas were killed in a car crash, according to officials. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 Orlando Fire Department District Chief Spencer Bashinski earlier this week likened it to the wreckage left by the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995. Cristóbal Reyes, orlandosentinel.com, 3 July 2021 In the end, Foy and the Navy SEAL recruit got six migrants to the floating wreckage. Julie Watson, Star Tribune, 5 May 2021 In the end, Foy and the Navy SEAL recruit got six migrants to the floating wreckage. Arkansas Online, 5 May 2021 Anthony Nunziata and Carolina Penafiel, who moved from New York to Hollywood in September, awoke to the wreckage of three vehicles on their street. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, 15 Apr. 2021 In a dazzling demonstration of Sathian’s range, the book’s second half jumps a decade later, beyond the tragedy of Neil’s adolescence to the smoldering wreckage of his adulthood. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2021 In the yard, a group of teachers surveyed the wreckage. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of wreckage

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2022

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“Wreckage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wreckage. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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