distress signal

noun

: a message that one is in danger
The pilot sent out a distress signal before the plane crashed.

Examples of distress signal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another feature that will be available through this system is a distress signal, which a driver can initiate by pushing a button. IEEE Spectrum, 12 Mar. 2018 The universal distress signal with a whistle is three short blasts in succession. Craig Caudill, Field & Stream, 16 Nov. 2023 On Thursday the personalized distress signal came from a spot on Bright Angel Trail roughly 1 1/2 miles ahead of Havasupai Gardens, the park service said, noting that a rescuer at the campground responded immediately on foot. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 20 Nov. 2023 Stranded at sea, the crew members eventually managed to restore the ship’s communications system and transmit a distress signal, drawing two Chinese fishing vessels to their aid. Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Tom Robinson, 24, was rescued by a cruise ship on Friday morning after sending out a distress signal shortly before 9 p.m. local time, Thursday, according to the New Zealand Herald. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 9 Oct. 2023 The Libra eclipse on the 14th sends an initial distress signal around your health, or potentially around a toxic work situation. Steph Koyfman, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Sep. 2023 The first distress signal for the studios came in early June when roughly 65,000 members of the actors’ union voted to authorize a strike. Nicole Sperling, New York Times, 13 July 2023 Three minutes later, the tower saw smoke coming from the crash site, but the aircraft did not send any distress signal. Michael Lee Simpson, Peoplemag, 18 Aug. 2023 See More

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“Distress signal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distress%20signal. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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