AskDefine | Define wrecker

The Collaborative Dictionary

Wrecker \Wreck"er\, n.
One who causes a wreck, as by false lights, and the like. [1913 Webster]
One who searches fro, or works upon, the wrecks of vessels, etc. Specifically: (a) One who visits a wreck for the purpose of plunder. (b) One who is employed in saving property or lives from a wrecked vessel, or in saving the vessel; as, the wreckers of Key West. [1913 Webster]
A vessel employed by wreckers. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wrecker

Noun

1 someone who demolishes or dismantles buildings as a job
2 someone who commits sabotage or deliberately causes wrecks [syn: saboteur, diversionist]
3 a truck equipped to hoist and pull wrecked cars (or to remove cars from no-parking zones) [syn: tow truck, tow car]

English

Etymology

derived from the verb to wreck - one who wrecks.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A person or company that dismantles old or wrecked vehicles or other items, to reclaim useful parts. (Australia)
  2. One who breaks up situations, events - (home wrecker, marriage wrecker, party wrecker)
  3. A tow truck.
  4. A mooncusser.
  5. In the Soviet Union, someone accused of the formal charge of wrecking, that is, undermining the state in intangible ways.

Translations

person or company that dismantles old or wrecked vehicles or other items, to reclaim useful parts
one who breaks up situations, events
tow truck
mooncusser
The Wrecker, wrecker or wrecking may refer to:
Wrecker may also be:
  • A vehicle used to tow away broken-down cars, see tow truck
  • A person who participates in sabotage
  • A wrecker is a person or ship used for hauling away material shipwrecks

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