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shipwreck (n.)

mid-15c., from ship (n.) + wreck (n.). Earlier it meant "things cast up from a shipwreck" (c. 1100). The earlier word for "shipwreck" in the modern sense was Middle English schipbreke, "'ship-break,'" from a North Sea Germanic word; compare West Frisian skipbrek, Middle Dutch schipbroke, German Schiffbruch, Old English scipgebroc. Old English scipbryce meant "right to claim goods from a wrecked ship."

shipwreck (v.)

1580s, "cause to wreck;" c. 1600, "to suffer shipwreck," from shipwreck (n.). Related: Shipwrecked.

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Definitions of shipwreck
1
shipwreck (v.)
ruin utterly;
You have shipwrecked my career
shipwreck (v.)
suffer failure, as in some enterprise;
shipwreck (v.)
cause to experience shipwreck;
They were shipwrecked in one of the mysteries at sea
shipwreck (v.)
destroy a ship;
The vessel was shipwrecked
2
shipwreck (n.)
a wrecked ship (or a part of one);
shipwreck (n.)
an irretrievable loss;
that was the shipwreck of their romance
shipwreck (n.)
an accident that destroys a ship at sea;
Synonyms: wreck
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