shipwreck

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From Middle English schip-wracke, from Old English scipwræc (jetsam), equivalent to ship +‎ wrack. Cognate with Scots schip-wrak (to shipwreck, verb), Swedish skeppsvrak (shipwreck). Modern form is due to influence from wreck.

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shipwreck (countable and uncountable, plural shipwrecks)

  1. A ship that has sunk or run aground so that it is no longer seaworthy.
  2. (countable, uncountable) An event where a ship sinks or runs aground.
    • 1688, John Dryden, The Life of St Francis Xavier
      they made the coast of Cochin China, and the tempests, which rose at the same time, threatened them more than once with shipwreck
  3. (figuratively) Destruction; ruin; irretrievable loss.

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shipwreck (third-person singular simple present shipwrecks, present participle shipwrecking, simple past and past participle shipwrecked)

  1. To wreck a boat through a collision or mishap.

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