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Definition of shipwreck noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the loss or destruction of a ship at sea because of a storm or because it hits rocks, etc. They narrowly escaped shipwreck in a storm in the North Atlantic. The shipwreck of the tanker caused one of the worst oil spills in recent years.
  2. 2[countable] a ship that has been lost or destroyed at sea The contents of shipwrecks belong to the state.
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