shipwreck

[ ship-rek ]SEE DEFINITION OF shipwreck

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHIPWRECK

Doctor Chassaigne's story was one of disaster, the shipwreck of a life.

Some of them resulted in terrible disasters of shipwreck and death.

Mishap, desertion, and shipwreck pursued the luckless commander.

Shipwreck or burial at sea she deduced from the fact of there being no grave in the cemetery.

About a shipwreck—something about a shipwreck in it, wasn't there?

That would indeed be the end of all—a shipwreck within sight of harbour.

What good fortune it was to have saved your guitar from shipwreck!

It is as in a shipwreck, where the plank that will save two will sink with three.

It was when the tidings of your shipwreck came that he asked me to come here.

This could not have been handier for Mr. Massy if he had arranged that shipwreck himself.

WORD ORIGIN

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, cf. West Frisian skipbrek, Middle Dutch schipbroke, German Schiffbruch, Old English scipgebroc. Old English scipbryce meant "right to claim goods from a wrecked ship."

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