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Definition of "wrecker" []

  • One that wrecks or destroys: a wrecker of dreams. (noun)
  • One who is in the business of demolishing old buildings. (noun)
  • One who dismantles cars for salvage. (noun)
  • A person, vehicle, or piece of equipment employed in recovering or removing wrecks, especially a truck with a hoist and towing apparatus used in towing disabled or wrecked vehicles. (noun)
  • One that salvages wrecked cargo or parts. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "wrecker" in a sentence
  • "During Stalin's reign the term wrecker and the crime of wrecking were concocted."
  • "She called a wrecker and had the car towed to a neighborhood garage, where two tires were replaced and a battery installed."
  • "Then I called a wrecker service and had Klaus’s Cadillac towed to a garage 110 miles away in Lake Charles, told a fertilizer company to spread a dump-truck-load of fresh cow manure on his lawn, informed the parish health office he had AIDS disease, ran an ad with his phone number in a newspaper for sexual degenerates."