from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Destruction or ruin.
- n. A remnant or vestige of something destroyed.
- n. Wreckage, especially of a ship cast ashore.
- n. Chiefly British Violent destruction of a building or vehicle.
- n. Dried seaweed.
- n. Marine vegetation, especially kelp.
- transitive v. To cause the ruin of; wreck.
- intransitive v. To be wrecked.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. revenge, persecution
- n. ruin, destruction
- n. the remains; a wreck
- n. remnant from a shipwreck as washed ashore, or the right to claim such items
- n. any marine vegetation cast up on shore, especially seaweed of the genus Fucus
- n. weeds, vegetation or rubbish floating on a river or pond
- n. A high, flying clouds; a rack
- v. to wreck, especially a ship (usually in passive)
- v. Alternative form of rack, to cause to suffer pain etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A thin, flying cloud; a rack.
- transitive v. To rack; to torment.
- n. Wreck; ruin; destruction.
- n. Any marine vegetation cast up on the shore, especially plants of the genera Fucus, Laminaria, and Zostera, which are most abundant on northern shores.
- n. Coarse seaweed of any kind.
- transitive v. To wreck.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which is cast ashore by the waves.
- n. The destruction of a ship by winds or rocks or by the force of the waves; shipwreck. See wreck.
- n. Destruction; ruin.
- To destroy; make shipwreck of; wreck.
- n. A variant of rack.
- An obsolete misspelling of rack.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the destruction or collapse of something
- n. dried seaweed especially that cast ashore
- n. growth of marine vegetation especially of the large forms such as rockweeds and kelp
- v. smash or break forcefully
Middle English, from Old English wræc, punishment (influenced by Middle Dutch wrak, shipwreck).
Middle English wrak, from Middle Dutch.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English wræc. (Wiktionary)
From Middle Dutch (and Dutch) wrak (cognate with German Wrack, Old Norse rek, Danish vrag, Swedish vrak, Old English wræc). Compare Gothic 𐍅𐍂𐌹𐌺𐌰𐌽 (wrikan), 𐍅𐍂𐌰𐌺𐌾𐌰𐌽 (wrakjan, "persecute"), Old Norse reka ("drive"). (Wiktionary)