distress signal

Definition of distress signal

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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  seizure and detention of the goods of another as pledge (see 1pledge 1) or to obtain satisfaction of a claim by the sale of the goods seized

    :  something that is distrained

    :  pain or suffering affecting the body, a bodily part, or the mind :  trouble

  1. :  to subject to great strain or difficulties

    :  to force or overcome by inflicting pain

    :  to cause to worry or be troubled :  upset

  1. :  offered for sale at a loss

    :  involving distress goods

  1. :  sign, indication

    :  an act, event, or watchword that has been agreed on as the occasion of concerted action

    :  something that incites to action

  1. :  to notify by a signal

    :  to communicate or indicate by or as if by signals

    :  to constitute a characteristic feature of (a meaningful linguistic form)

  1. :  distinguished from the ordinary :  notable

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holding stubbornly to a belief or view

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