|v. t. & n.||1.||See 2d & 3d Wreak.|
|1.||The destruction or injury of a vessel by being cast on shore, or on rocks, or by being disabled or sunk by the force of winds or waves; shipwreck.|
|2.||Destruction or injury of anything, especially by violence; ruin; |
|3.||The ruins of a ship stranded; a ship dashed against rocks or land, and broken, or otherwise rendered useless, by violence and fracture; |
|4.||The remain of anything ruined or fatally injured.|
|5.||(Law) Goods, etc., which, after a shipwreck, are cast upon the land by the sea.|
|v. t.||1.||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.|
|2.||To bring wreck or ruin upon by any kind of violence; to destroy, as a railroad train.|
|3.||To involve in a wreck; hence, to cause to suffer ruin; to balk of success, and bring disaster on.|
|v. i.||1.||To suffer wreck or ruin.|
|2.||To work upon a wreck, as in saving property or lives, or in plundering.|
|Noun||1.||wreck - something or someone that has suffered ruin or dilapidation; "the house was a wreck when they bought it"; "thanks to that quack I am a human wreck"|
|2.||wreck - an accident that destroys a ship at sea|
|3.||wreck - a serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles); "they are still investigating the crash of the TWA plane"|
|4.||wreck - a ship that has been destroyed at sea|
|Verb||1.||wreck - smash or break forcefully; "The kid busted up the car"|
WRECK, mar. law. A wreck (called in law Latin, wreccum maris, and in law
French, wrec de mer,) signifies such goods, as after a shipwreck, are cast
upon land by the sea, and left there within some county, so as not to belong
to the jurisdiction of the admiralty, but to the common law. 2 Inst. 167;
Bract. 1. 3, c. 3; Mirror, c. 1, s. 13, and c. 3.
2. The term `wreck of the sea' includes, 1. Goods found at low water, between high and low water mark; and 2. Goods between the same limits, partly resting on the ground, but still moved by the water. 3 Hagg. Adm. R. 257.
3. When goods have touched the ground, and have again been floated by the tide, and are within low water mark; whether they are to be considered wreck will depend upon the circumstances whether they were, seized by a person wading, or swimming, or in a boat. 3 Hagg. Adm. R. 294. But if a human being, or even an animal, as a dog, cat, hawk, &c. escape alive from the ship, or if there be any marks upon the goods by which they may be known again, they are not, at common law, considered as wrecked. 5 Burr. 2738-9; 2 Chit. Com. Law, c. 6, p. 102; 2 Kent, Com. 292; 22 Vin. Ab. 535; 1 Bro. Civ. Law, 238; Park, Ins. Index, h.t.; Molloy, Jur. Mar. Index, h.t.
4. The act of congress of March 1, 1823, provides, Sec. 21, That, before any goods, wares or merchandise, which may be taken from any wreck, shall be admitted to an entry, the same shall be appraised in the manner prescribed in the sixteenth section of this act and the same proceedings shall be ordered and executed in all cases where a reduction of duties shall be claimed on account of damage which any goods, wares, or merchandise, shall have sustained in the course of the voyage and in all cases where the owner, importer, consignee, or agent, shall be dissatisfied with such appraisement, he shall be entitled to the privileges provided in the eighteenth section of this act. Vide Naufrage.