Definitions for Distressdɪˈstrɛs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dis•tressdɪˈstrɛs(n.)

  1. acute anxiety, pain, or sorrow.

  2. anything that causes anxiety, pain, or sorrow.

  3. a state of extreme necessity, trouble, or misfortune.

  4. the state of a ship or airplane requiring immediate assistance, as when on fire in transit.

  5. the legal seizure and detention of another's goods as security for debt, etc.; a distraint.

    Category: Law

  6. (v.t.)to afflict with pain, anxiety, or sorrow; trouble; worry.

  7. to subject to pressure or strain:

    to be distressed by excessive work.

  8. to compel by pain or force of circumstances.

  9. to scratch or stain (furniture, wood, etc.) so as to give an appearance of age.

    Category: Furniture

Origin of distress:

1250–1300; ME destresse < AF distresse, destresse, OF 蠐 L district(us) (see district )

dis•tress′ing•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. distress, hurt, suffering(noun)

    psychological suffering

    "the death of his wife caused him great distress"

  2. distress(noun)

    a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)

    "a ship in distress"; "she was the classic maiden in distress"

  3. distress(noun)

    extreme physical pain

    "the patient appeared to be in distress"

  4. distress, distraint(verb)

    the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim

    "Originally distress was a landlord's remedy against a tenant for unpaid rents or property damage but now the landlord is given a landlord's lien"

  5. straiten, distress(verb)

    bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship

  6. distress(verb)

    cause mental pain to

    "The news of her child's illness distressed the mother"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. distress(noun)ɪˈstrɛs

    anxiety or worry

    The newspaper apologized for causing distress to its readers.; a confused old woman in distress

  2. distressɪˈstrɛs

    trouble or danger

    distress signals; a ship in distress

  3. distress(verb)ɪˈstrɛs

    ≠ comfort

    We didn't tell her because we didn't want to distress her.

Wiktionary

  1. distress(Noun)

    (Cause of) discomfort.

  2. distress(Noun)

    Serious danger.

  3. distress(Noun)

    A seizing of property without legal process to force payment of a debt.

  4. distress(Verb)

    To cause strain or anxiety to someone.

  5. distress(Verb)

    To retain someoneu2019s property against the payment of a debt; to distrain.

  6. distress(Verb)

    To treat an object, such as an antique, to give it an appearance of age.

    She distressed the new media cabinet so that it fit with the other furniture in the room.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distress(noun)

    extreme pain or suffering; anguish of body or mind; as, to suffer distress from the gout, or from the loss of friends

  2. Distress(noun)

    that which occasions suffering; painful situation; misfortune; affliction; misery

  3. Distress(noun)

    a state of danger or necessity; as, a ship in distress, from leaking, loss of spars, want of provisions or water, etc

  4. Distress(noun)

    the act of distraining; the taking of a personal chattel out of the possession of a wrongdoer, by way of pledge for redress of an injury, or for the performance of a duty, as for nonpayment of rent or taxes, or for injury done by cattle, etc

  5. Distress(noun)

    the thing taken by distraining; that which is seized to procure satisfaction

  6. Distress(noun)

    to cause pain or anguish to; to pain; to oppress with calamity; to afflict; to harass; to make miserable

  7. Distress(noun)

    to compel by pain or suffering

  8. Distress(noun)

    to seize for debt; to distrain

Freebase

  1. Distress

    Distress is a 1995 science fiction novel by Australian writer Greg Egan.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Distress' in Nouns Frequency: #2292


Translations for Distress

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

distress(noun)

great sorrow, trouble or pain

She was in great distress over his disappearance; Is your leg causing you any distress?; The loss of all their money left the family in acute distress.

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