wrack

Wrack is when something falls into disrepair. When an old house deteriorates, you can describe its wrack, or the process of its crumbling collapse.

You're most likely to come across the noun wrack in the phrase "go to wrack and ruin." This is a descriptive way to talk about the collapse or gradual breakdown of something, either literal — "I hate to see that building go to wrack and ruin," or figurative — "Their marriage went to wrack and ruin after a year." In the fourteenth century, a wrack was a shipwreck, from the Middle Dutch wrak, or "wreck."

Primary Meanings of wrack

1.
nv
the destruction or collapse of something
smash or break forcefully
2.
n
growth of marine vegetation especially of the large forms such as rockweeds and kelp
3.
n
dried seaweed especially that cast ashore
Full Definitions of wrack
1

n the destruction or collapse of something

wrack and ruin”
Synonyms:
rack
Type of:
demolition, destruction, wipeout
an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something

v smash or break forcefully

Synonyms:
bust up, wreck
Type of:
destroy, ruin
destroy completely; damage irreparably
2

n growth of marine vegetation especially of the large forms such as rockweeds and kelp

Synonyms:
sea wrack
Type of:
seaweed
plant growing in the sea, especially marine algae
3

n dried seaweed especially that cast ashore

Type of:
seaweed
plant growing in the sea, especially marine algae

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