wrack

[ UK /ɹˈæk/ ]
[ US /ˈɹæk/ ]
NOUN
  1. the destruction or collapse of something
    wrack and ruin
  2. growth of marine vegetation especially of the large forms such as rockweeds and kelp
  3. dried seaweed especially that cast ashore
VERB
  1. smash or break forcefully
    The kid busted up the car
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How To Use wrack In A Sentence

  • Need-wrack and grim nithing, of night-bales the greatest. The Tale of Beowulf Sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats
  • Fascinated with the meeting of memory and language, adept at conjuring states of mind, and haunted by the violence wracking his homeland, Hemon is a stoic tragedian and a brilliant satirist. The Question of Bruno by Aleksandar Hemon: Book summary
  • Speaking in public can be a nerve-wracking experience.
  • The game ended up going to a penalty shootout, which was pretty nerve-wracking, and a little anticlimatic at the same time.
  • Under current media regulations, all foreign journalists need to be accredited by the government before entering the violence-wracked country.
  • Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, said his former wife and student son had been "pestered" by reporters, with one "rooting about" in dustbins. The Guardian World News
  • Most of Saturday I was distracted and fretful, wracking my brains about what I could do when I would be forced to disappear from Rob's life for an entire month.
  • Somewhat more creationist in approach is the Nerve-Wracking Ball: a bowling ball on a rope, dangling from a tall tree branch. 04.04
  • Exams can be nerve-wracking, and controlling your stress levels around this time can be difficult.
  • He found the soapy mucus within the vesicles of the Bladderwrack an excellent resolvent, and most useful in dispersing scrofulous swellings. Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure
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