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.
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, ...
1.1The state of a ship or aircraft when in danger or difficulty and needing help. '
From Middle English, from Old French destrecier (“to restrain, constrain, put in
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