distress signal/call

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of distress signal/call

of a boat, airplane, etc.
: a signal or call for help
  • The Coast Guard responded to the ship's distress signal/call.

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

call play
  1. : to speak in a loud distinct voice so as to be heard at a distance : shout

  2. : to make a request or demand

  3. : to utter a characteristic note or cry

  1. : an act of calling with the voice : shout

  2. : an imitation of the cry of a bird or other animal made to attract it

  3. : an instrument used for calling


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