Meaning of DISTRESS in English

DISTRESS

n. & v.

--n.

1. severe pain, sorrow, anguish, etc.

2 the lack of money or comforts.

3 Law DISTRAINT.

4 breathlessness; exhaustion.

--v.tr.

1. subject to distress; exhaust, afflict.

2 cause anxiety to; make unhappy; vex.

Phrases and idioms:

distress-signal a signal from a ship in danger. distress-warrant Law a warrant authorizing distraint. in distress

1. suffering or in danger.

2 (of a ship, aircraft, etc.) in danger or damaged.

Derivatives:

distressful adj. distressingly adv.

Etymology: ME f. OF destresse etc., AF destresser, OF -ecier f. Gallo-Roman (as DISTRAIN)

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