2 a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need); "a ship in distress"; "she was the classic maiden in distress"
3 extreme physical pain; "the patient appeared to be in distress"
4 the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim; "Originally distress was a landloard's remedy against a tenant for unpaid rents or property damage but now the landlord is given a landlord's lien" [syn: distraint] v : cause mental pain to; "The news of her child's illness distressed the mother"
- /dɪˈstɹɛs/, /dI"strEs/
- Rhymes: -ɛs
(cause of) discomfort
- Icelandic: óþægindi
- Kurdish: ,
- ttbc Spanish: inconforme, en serio peligro
The word distress has various meanings:-
- Distress is a kind of suffering or stress.
- In medicine, distress is stress caused by adverse events. See also fetal distress, respiratory distress.
- In Maritime and Aircraft terms, distress is defined as "grave and imminent danger to life or person or vessel or aircraft, needing immediate assistance". Such a state is indicated by a mayday radio call.
- Distress is also used by Search and Rescue services to describe targets in adverse or critical conditions.
- Distress can also refer to the process whereby materials are worn down by time and natural forces.
- Distressing in woodworking and the decorative arts is the art of making furniture and household objects look old.
- In law, distress, or distraint, is the act of seizing goods to compel payment, or the goods thus seized.
- Distress is a novel by Greg Egan
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