I. noun Etymology: alteration of earlier shipwrack, from Middle English schipwrak, from Old English scipwræc, from scip ship + wræc something driven by the sea — more at wrack Date: 12th century 1. a wrecked ship or its parts 2. the destruction or loss of a ship 3. an irretrievable loss or failure II. transitive verb Date: 1589 1. a. to cause to experience shipwreck b. ruin 2. to destroy (a ship) by grounding or foundering

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  • shipwreck — /ship rek /, n. 1. the destruction or loss of a ship, as by sinking. 2. the remains of a wrecked ship. 3. destruction or ruin: the shipwreck of one s hopes. v.t. 4. to cause to suffer shipwreck. 5. to destroy; ruin. v.i. 6. to suffer shipwreck.… …   Universalium

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  • shipwreck — ship|wreck1 [ˈʃıp rek] n 1.) [U and C] the destruction of a ship in an accident ▪ survivors of the shipwreck ▪ narrowly escaping shipwreck 2.) a ship that has been destroyed in an accident = ↑wreck shipwreck 2 shipwreck2 v …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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