Wrecker Wreck"er, n. 1. One who causes a wreck, as by false lights, and the like. [1913 Webster]

2. 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]

3. A vessel employed by wreckers. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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