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Definition of Shipwreck

Shipwreck

  1. The breaking in pieces, or shattering, of a ship or other vessel by being cast ashore or driven against rocks, shoals, etc., by the violence of the winds and waves.
  2. A ship wrecked or destroyed upon the water, or the parts of such a ship; wreckage.
  3. Fig.: Destruction; ruin; irretrievable loss.
  4. To destroy, as a ship at sea, by running ashore or on rocks or sandbanks, or by the force of wind and waves in a tempest.
  5. To cause to experience shipwreck, as sailors or passengers. Hence, to cause to suffer some disaster or loss; to destroy or ruin, as if by shipwreck; to wreck; as, to shipwreck a business.

Shipwreck Quotations

The man who has experienced shipwreck shudders even at a calm sea.
Ovid

When I die, it will be a shipwreck, and as when a huge ship sinks, many people all around will be sucked down with it.
Pablo Picasso

It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. He that is on a lee shore, and foresees a hurricane, stands out to sea and encounters a storm to avoid a shipwreck.
Charles Caleb Colton

Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
Francis Bacon

All legitimate government is a mutual insurance company, voluntarily agreed upon by the parties to it, for the protection of their rights against wrong-doers. In its voluntary character it is precisely similar to an association for mutual protection against fire or shipwreck.
Lysander Spooner
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Shipwreck Translations

shipwreck in Dutch is schipbreuk
shipwreck in German is Schiffbruch
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