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. [1913 Webster] Supposing that they saw the king's ship wrecked. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
To bring wreck or ruin upon by any kind of violence; to destroy, as a railroad train. [1913 Webster]
To involve in a wreck; hence, to cause to suffer ruin; to balk of success, and bring disaster on. [1913 Webster] Weak and envied, if they should conspire, They wreck themselves. --Daniel. [1913 Webster]
Wrecking \Wreck"ing\, a. & n. from Wreck, v. [1913 Webster] Wrecking car (Railway), a car fitted up with apparatus and implements for removing the wreck occasioned by an accident, as by a collision. Wrecking pump, a pump especially adapted for pumping water from the hull of a wrecked vessel. [1913 Webster]
1 the event of a structure being completely demolished and leveled [syn: razing]
- present participle of wreck
The Wrecker, wrecker or wrecking may refer to:
- Wrecking (shipwreck) is the practice of taking valuables from a shipwreck which has foundered near or close to shore
- Wrecker (comics) is a Marvel Comics supervillain
- Wrecking (Soviet crime) was a crime of industrial or economic sabotage
- The Wreckers are a sub-team of Autobots in the fictional Transformers Universe
- The Wreckers are a musical country duo
- The Wrecker (novel), written by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne in 1892 about a shipwreck.
- The Wrecker (play), written by Arnold Ridley in 1924.
- Wrecking, a synonym for demolition