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
: to subject to great strain or difficulties
: to force or overcome by inflicting pain
: to cause to worry or be troubled : upset
: offered for sale at a loss
: involving distress goods
: sign, indication
: an act, event, or watchword that has been agreed on as the occasion of concerted action
: something that incites to action
: 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)
: distinguished from the ordinary : notable
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