AskDefine | Define wrecking

The Collaborative Dictionary

Wreck \Wreck\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wrecked; p. pr. & vb. n. Wrecking.] [1913 Webster]
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]

Word Net



1 the event of a structure being completely demolished and leveled [syn: razing]
2 destruction achieved by wrecking something [syn: laying waste, ruin, ruining, ruination]



  1. present participle of wreck
The Wrecker, wrecker or wrecking may refer to:
Wrecker may also be:
  • A vehicle used to tow away broken-down cars, see tow truck
  • A person who participates in sabotage
  • A wrecker is a person or ship used for hauling away material shipwrecks

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