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WRECK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does wreck mean? 

WRECK (noun)
  The noun WRECK has 4 senses:

1. something or someone that has suffered ruin or dilapidation
2. an accident that destroys a ship at sea
3. a serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles)
4. a ship that has been destroyed at sea

  Familiarity information: WRECK used as a noun is uncommon.


WRECK (verb)
  The verb WRECK has 1 sense:

1. smash or break forcefully

  Familiarity information: WRECK used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


WRECK (noun)


Sense 1wreck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something or someone that has suffered ruin or dilapidation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context examples:

the house was a wreck when they bought it / thanks to that quack I am a human wreck

Hypernyms ("wreck" is a kind of...):

declination; decline (a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state)


Sense 2wreck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An accident that destroys a ship at sea

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

wreck; shipwreck

Hypernyms ("wreck" is a kind of...):

accident (a mishap; especially one causing injury or death)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "wreck"):

capsizing ((nautical) the event of a boat accidentally turning over in the water)


Sense 3wreck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

crash; wreck

Context example:

they are still investigating the crash of the TWA plane

Hypernyms ("wreck" is a kind of...):

accident (a mishap; especially one causing injury or death)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "wreck"):

prang (a crash involving a car or plane)


Sense 4wreck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A ship that has been destroyed at sea

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("wreck" is a kind of...):

ship (a vessel that carries passengers or freight)


WRECK (verb)


Sense 1wreck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Smash or break forcefully

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

bust up; wrack; wreck

Context example:

The kid busted up the car

Hypernyms (to "wreck" is one way to...):

destroy; ruin (destroy completely; damage irreparably)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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