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distress meaning

EN[dɪˈstɹɛs] [-ɛs]
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WDistress
  • Distress may refer to:
  • Distress (medicine), occurring when an individual cannot adapt to stress
  • Suffering
  • Distress signal, an internationally recognized means for obtaining help
  • Distressed inventory, an inventory of goods or materials whose potential to be sold at a normal cost has passed or will soon pass.
  • Distressing, making clothing, shoes and household objects look old
  • Distress, or distraint, the act of seizing goods to compel payment
  • Distress (novel) a novel by Greg Egan
  • Distress (film), a 1946 French film

    Definition of distress in English Dictionary

  • NounPREdis-SUF-ress
    1. (Cause of) discomfort.
      1. To heighten his distress, he is approached by his wife, and bitterly upbraided for his perfidy in concealing from her his former connexions (with that unhappy girl who is here present with her child, the innocent offspring of her amours, fainting at the sight of his misfortunes, being unable to relieve him farther), and plunging her into those difficulties she never shall be able to surmount.
    2. Serious danger.
      1. I immediately considered that this must be some ship in distress, and that they had some comrade, or some other ship in company, and fired these gun for signals of distress, and to obtain help.
    3. (law) A seizing of property without legal process to force payment of a debt.
      1. (law) The thing taken by distraining; that which is seized to procure satisfaction.
      2. VerbSGdistressesPRdistressingPT, PPdistressed
        1. To cause strain or anxiety to someone.
          1. She respects me, no doubt, but has no longer any passionate feeling for me, and my death will distress her without plunging her in despair.
        2. (law) To retain someone’s property against the payment of a debt; to distrain.
          1. This power of distress, as anciently used, became as oppressive as the feudal forfeiture. It was as hard for the tenant to be stripped in an instant of all his goods, for arrears of rent, as to be turned out of the possession of his farm.
        3. To treat an object, such as an antique, to give it an appearance of age.
          1. She distressed the new media cabinet so that it fit with the other furniture in the room.
      3. More Examples
        1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
          • Victims of cyberstalking experience increased psychological distress compared to stalking victims in general.
          • We measured the duration, interelement interval, peak frequency and bandwidth of echolocation pulses and distress syllables.
          • Ruth knew that the whiteheads of her teenage acne were a temporary state of affairs, but that did nothing to quell her distress when an eruption hit just before prom.
        2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
          • Distress calls structures included multiharmonic shallowly modulated calls (A), calls with sideband modulations (B, C), and some calls with nonlinear phenomena (D).
      • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
        1. Nouns
          • Singularia tantum
            • Uncountable nouns
          • Verbs
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          1. en distressed
          2. en distressing
          3. en distresser
          4. en distresses
          5. en distressful
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          Grammatically, this word "distress" is a noun, more specifically, a singularia tantum. It's also a verb.
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