wrecking


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wreck

 (rĕk)
n.
1. The act of destroying or the state of being destroyed; destruction: "The filmmaker ... was hardly the first person to blame misguided agriculture for the wreck of the plains" (Timothy Egan).
2.
a. Accidental destruction of a ship; a shipwreck.
b. The stranded hulk of a severely damaged ship.
c. Fragments of a ship or its cargo cast ashore by the sea after a shipwreck; wreckage.
3.
a. An automobile or railroad collision or accident: witnessed a wreck on the highway.
b. The remains of something that has been wrecked, especially an automobile that has crashed: walked away unharmed from the wreck.
4.
a. Something that is dilapidated or worn out: still driving that wreck of a car; living in a wreck of a house.
b. A person who is physically or mentally worn out.
v. wrecked, wreck·ing, wrecks
v.tr.
1. To cause the destruction of in a collision: wrecked the car by hitting a tree.
2. To dismantle or raze; tear down.
3. To cause to undergo ruin or disaster: an argument that wrecked their friendship. See Synonyms at blast, destroy. See Usage Note at wreak.
v.intr.
1. To suffer destruction or ruin; become wrecked: a ship that wrecked on the rocks.
2. Informal To experience or cause an accident in which the vehicle one is riding in is badly damaged: They were speeding over 70 miles an hour when they wrecked.
3. To work as a wrecker.

[Middle English wrek, from Anglo-Norman wrec, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse rec, wreckage.]

wrecking

(ˈrɛkɪŋ)
n
the act of causing the destruction of a ship, vehicle, building, etc.the act of completely spoiling something(as modifier)
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wrecking - the event of a structure being completely demolished and leveled
demolition, wipeout, destruction - an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something
2.wrecking - destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruinedwrecking - destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined
destruction, devastation - the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
Translations

wrecking

:
wrecking ball
nAbrissbirne f
wrecking bar
n (US) → Brechstange f
wrecking service
n (US Aut) → Abschleppdienst m
References in classic literature ?
If they mean to take your machine away, it's little good your wrecking their bronze panels, and if they don't, you will get it back as soon as you can ask for it.
Hear me," he cried, "daughter of Aegis-bearing Jove, unweariable, hear me now, for you gave no heed to my prayers when Neptune was wrecking me.
Tom Thurston came very near wrecking himself on the quicksands of the romantic school.
I pitched badly twice in an upward rush--solely due to these diabolical throw-downs--that came near to wrecking my propeller.
Through March's mind were throbbing the phrases that this man himself had used, about going mad in the middle of the night and wrecking the stone figure.
Should the therns attempt to check us at the southern verge of the ice cap it may result in the wrecking of all our plans and the total destruction of the expedition.
For that night he proposed only the wrecking of Broadway.
I wish now that I had not left the arena for by this time my friends and I might have made good our escape, whereas this delay may mean the wrecking of all our plans, which depended for their consummation upon the continued sleep of the three Mahars who lay in the pit beneath the building in which we were confined.
The added burden of the cache and the winter snow had been too much for it; the balance it had so long maintained with the forces of its environment had been overthrown; it had toppled and crashed to the ground, wrecking the cache and, in turn, overthrowing the balance with environment that the four men and eleven dogs had been maintaining.