distress signal

Definition of distress signal

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

Word by Word Definitions

distress play
  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

  2. : something that is distrained

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

  1. : to subject to great strain or difficulties

  2. : to force or overcome by inflicting pain

  3. : to cause to worry or be troubled : upset

  1. : offered for sale at a loss

  2. : involving distress goods

signal play
  1. : sign, indication

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

  3. : something that incites to action

  1. : to notify by a signal

  2. : to communicate or indicate by or as if by signals

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

  1. : distinguished from the ordinary : notable


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up distress signal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

spoken rather than written

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!