|Origin:||destresse, from Latin districtus, past participle of distringere 'to pull apart, prevent from acting or leaving'|
a feeling of extreme unhappiness:
Luke's behaviour caused his parents great distress.
The girl was crying and clearly in distress.
suffering and problems caused by a lack of money, food etc:
acute financial distress
charities that aid families in distress
great physical pain
a situation when a ship, aircraft etc is in danger and needs help:
We picked up a distress signal 6 km away.
The ship is in distress.