tr.v. dis·tressed, dis·tress·ing, dis·tress·es. 1. To cause strain, anxiety, or suffering to. See Synonyms at trouble. 2. To mar or otherwise treat (an object or fabric, ...
The definition of
From Middle English, from Old French destrecier (“to restrain, constrain, put in
late 13c., "circumstance that causes anxiety or hardship," from Old French
destresse, from Vulgar Latin *districtia "restraint, affliction, narrowness,
Experts describe the physical and mental signs that may indicate emotional
unhappiness or pain : suffering that affects the mind or body. : a very difficult situation in which you do not have enough money, food, etc. of a boat, airplane, etc.
1.1The state of a ship or aircraft when in danger or difficulty and needing help. '