• Something or someone that has been ruined.
  • The remains of something that has been severely damaged or worn down.
  • An event in which something is damaged through collision.
  • Goods, etc. cast ashore by the sea after a shipwreck.
  • A large number of birds that have been brought to the ground, injured or dead, by extremely adverse weather.


  • To destroy violently; to cause severe damage to something, to a point where it no longer works, or is useless.
  • To ruin or dilapidate.
  • To dismantle wrecked vehicles or other objects, to reclaim any useful parts.
  • To involve in a wreck; hence, to cause to suffer ruin; to balk of success, and bring disaster on.
  • To be involved in a wreck; to be damaged or destroyed.


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  • From Middle English wrek, from Anglo-Norman wrek, from Old Norse *wrek (Norwegian and Icelandic rek, Swedish vrak), from Proto-Germanic *wrekanฤ…, whence also Old English wrecan (English wreak), Old High German rehhan, Old Saxon wrekan, Gothic ๐…๐‚๐Œน๐Œบ๐Œฐ๐Œฝ.

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