v. t. & n.

  1. See 2d & 3d Wreak.

v. t.

  1. The destruction or injury of a vessel by being cast on shore, or on rocks, or by being disabled or sunk by the force of winds or waves; shipwreck.
  2. Destruction or injury of anything, especially by violence; ruin; as, the wreck of a railroad train.
  3. The ruins of a ship stranded; a ship dashed against rocks or land, and broken, or otherwise rendered useless, by violence and fracture; as, they burned the wreck.
  4. The remain of anything ruined or fatally injured.
  5. Goods, etc., which, after a shipwreck, are cast upon the land by the sea.
  6. To destroy, disable, or seriously damage, as a vessel, by driving it against the shore or on rocks, by causing it to become unseaworthy, to founder, or the like; to shipwreck.
  7. To bring wreck or ruin upon by any kind of violence; to destroy, as a railroad train.
  8. To involve in a wreck; hence, to cause to suffer ruin; to balk of success, and bring disaster on.

v. i.

  1. To suffer wreck or ruin.
  2. To work upon a wreck, as in saving property or lives, or in plundering.