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distress signal

  

      n   a signal by radio, Very light, etc. from a ship or other vessel in need of immediate assistance  
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distress  
      vb   tr  
1    to cause mental pain to; upset badly  
2    usually passive   to subject to financial or other trouble  
3    to damage (esp. furniture), as by scratching or denting it, in order to make it appear older than it is  
4      (Law)      a less common word for       distrain  
5    Archaic   to compel  
      n  
6    mental pain; anguish  
7    the act of distressing or the state of being distressed  
8    physical or financial trouble  
9    in distress   (of a ship, aircraft, etc.) in dire need of help  
10      (Law)  
a    the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of or in satisfaction of a debt, claim, etc.; distraint  
b    the property thus seized  
c      (U.S.)   (as modifier)  
distress merchandise     
     (C13: from Old French destresse distress, via Vulgar Latin, from Latin districtus divided in mind; see distrain)  
  distressful      adj  
  distressfully      adv  
  distressfulness      n  
  distressing      adj, n  
  distressingly      adv  


distress merchandise  
      n     (U.S)   goods sold at reduced prices in order to pay overdue debts, etc.  
distress signal  
      n   a signal by radio, Very light, etc. from a ship or other vessel in need of immediate assistance  

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distress

  

      n  
1    affliction, agony, anguish, anxiety, desolation, discomfort, grief, heartache, misery, pain, sadness, sorrow, suffering, torment, torture, woe, worry, wretchedness  
2    adversity, calamity, destitution, difficulties, hardship, indigence, misfortune, need, poverty, privation, straits, trial, trouble  
      vb  
3    afflict, agonize, bother, disturb, grieve, harass, harrow, pain, perplex, sadden, torment, trouble, upset, worry, wound  

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n.
(Medical) repetitive fits or crises : sign of vital distress
Status epilepticus, asthmiticus
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