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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ru·in /ˈruən, ˌɪn; ˈrun/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ru·in n.
 1. The act of falling or tumbling down; fall. [Obs.] “His ruin startled the other steeds.”
 2. Such a change of anything as destroys it, or entirely defeats its object, or unfits it for use; destruction; overthrow; as, the ruin of a ship or an army; the ruin of a constitution or a government; the ruin of health or hopes.  Ruin seize thee, ruthless king!”
 3. That which is fallen down and become worthless from injury or decay; as, his mind is a ruin; especially, in the plural, the remains of a destroyed, dilapidated, or desolate house, fortress, city, or the like.
 The Veian and the Gabian towers shall fall,
 And one promiscuous ruin cover all;
 Nor, after length of years, a stone betray
 The place where once the very ruins lay.   --Addison.
    The labor of a day will not build up a virtuous habit on the ruins of an old and vicious character.   --Buckminster.
 4. The state of being dcayed, or of having become ruined or worthless; as, to be in ruins; to go to ruin.
 5. That which promotes injury, decay, or destruction.
    The errors of young men are the ruin of business.   --Bacon.
 Syn: -- Destruction; downfall; perdition; fall; overthrow; subversion; defeat; bane; pest; mischief.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ru·in, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ruined p. pr. & vb. n. Ruining.]  To bring to ruin; to cause to fall to pieces and decay; to make to perish; to bring to destruction; to bring to poverty or bankruptcy; to impair seriously; to damage essentially; to overthrow.
    this mortal house I'll ruin.   --Shak.
    By thee raised, I ruin all my foes.   --Milton.
    The eyes of other people are the eyes that ruin us.   --Franklin.
 By the fireside there are old men seated,
 Seeling ruined cities in the ashes.   --Longfellow.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ru·in, v. i. To fall to ruins; to go to ruin; to become decayed or dilapidated; to perish. [R.]
 Though he his house of polished marble build,
 Yet shall it ruin like the moth's frail cell.   --Sandys.
    If we are idle, and disturb the industrious in their business, we shall ruin the faster.   --Locke.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction; "you
           have brought ruin on this entire family" [syn: ruination]
      2: a ruined building; "they explored several Roman ruins"
      3: the process of becoming dilapidated [syn: dilapidation]
      4: an event that results in destruction [syn: ruination]
      5: failure that results in a loss of position or reputation
         [syn: downfall, ruination]
      6: destruction achieved by wrecking something [syn: laying
         waste, ruining, ruination, wrecking]
      v 1: destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my
           car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined
           her make-up" [syn: destroy]
      2: destroy or cause to fail; "This behavior will ruin your
         chances of winning the election"
      3: reduce to bankruptcy; "My daughter's fancy wedding is going
         to break me!"; "The slump in the financial markets smashed
         him" [syn: bankrupt, break, smash]
      4: reduce to ruins; "The country lay ruined after the war"
      5: deprive of virginity; "This dirty old man deflowered several
         young girls in the village" [syn: deflower]
      6: fall into ruin