Definition of distress signal/callof a boat, airplane, etc.
- The Coast Guard responded to the ship's distress signal/call.
: 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
: 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
: to speak in a loud distinct voice so as to be heard at a distance : shout
: to make a request or demand
: to utter a characteristic note or cry
: an act of calling with the voice : shout
: an imitation of the cry of a bird or other animal made to attract it
: an instrument used for calling
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