the parts of a vehicle, building, etc. that remain after it has been badly damaged or destroyed A few survivors were pulled from the wreckage. Pieces of wreckage were found ten miles away from the scene of the explosion. (figurative) Could nothing be rescued from the wreckage of her dreams? See related entries: Motoring problems and accidents, How a building looksExtra examples A search is going on for wreckage from the blazing aircraft. Another body has been recovered from the wreckage. Bodies lay among the tangled wreckage. He had to be cut from the wreckage by firemen. He surveyed the wreckage of his expensive equipment. Her body was discovered in the wreckage. It took workers several minutes to free him from the wreckage. Pieces of wreckage have been found up to three miles away. Police are searching the wreckage for clues to the cause of the accident. Several people are still trapped in the wreckage. The crash left wreckage spread over a wide area. The remains of an explosive device were found among the wreckage. The runway is still strewn with wreckage. The wreckage has now been cleared from the motorway. Wreckage has been sighted fifteen miles north of the island. the human wreckage of the battlefield An elderly man was cut from the wreckage by firefighters. Pieces of wreckage were found several miles away from the scene of the explosion. She tried to salvage whatever she could from the wreckage of her dreams.