Pronunciation: (rek),[key] —n. 1. any building, structure, or thing reduced to a state of ruin.
2. wreckage, goods, etc., remaining above water after a shipwreck, esp. when cast ashore.
3. the ruin or destruction of a vessel in the course of navigation; shipwreck.
4. a vessel in a state of ruin from disaster at sea, on rocks, etc.
5. the ruin or destruction of anything: the wreck of one's hopes. 6. a person of ruined health; someone in bad shape physically or mentally: The strain of his work left him a wreck.
—v.t. 1. to cause the wreck of (a vessel); shipwreck.
2. to involve in a wreck.
3. to cause the ruin or destruction of: to wreck a car. 4. to tear down; demolish: to wreck a building. 5. to ruin or impair severely: Fast living wrecked their health.
—v.i. 1. to be involved in a wreck; become wrecked: The trains wrecked at the crossing. 2. to act as a wrecker; engage in wrecking.