Meaning of “wreckage” in the English Dictionary

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"wreckage" in British English

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wreckagenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈrek.ɪdʒ/ us /ˈrek.ɪdʒ/

C2 a badly damaged object or the separated parts of a badly damaged object:

Two children were trapped in the wreckage.
The wreckage of the car was scattered over the roadside.

what is left of something that has been spoiled or that has failed:

Kate was still clinging to the wreckage of her failed marriage.

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  • Investigators combed through the wreckage.
  • Forensic scientists are examining the wreckage for clues about the cause of the explosion.
  • Rescue teams searched among the wreckage for survivors.
  • They had to amputate his foot to free him from the wreckage.
  • Rescuers took several hours to cut the survivors free from the wreckage.

(Definition of “wreckage” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wreckage" in American English

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wreckagenoun [ U ]

us /ˈrek·ɪdʒ/

what is left of something badly damaged:

Safety experts were studying the wreckage to find out what caused the crash.

(Definition of “wreckage” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"wreckage" in Business English

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wreckagenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈrekɪdʒ/ us

a situation in which something has been badly damaged or destroyed:

The bank's directors should not be allowed to walk away from the financial wreckage they created.

the parts of a vehicle, building, etc. that remain after it has been badly damaged:

Experts were sent to inspect the plane's wreckage.

(Definition of “wreckage” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)