- the legal seizure and detention of the goods of another as security or satisfaction for debt, etc.; the act of distraining.
- the thing seized in distraining.
verb (used with object)
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OTHER WORDS FROM distressdis·tress·ing·ly, adverbpre·dis·tress, noun, verb (used with object)
Example sentences from the Web for distress
Mink experience symptoms of respiratory distress from SARS-CoV-2, similar to humans, and die quickly after being infected with the virus.The CDC released a COVID-19 test knowing it had a high failure rate|Rachael Zisk|November 9, 2020|Popular Science
Seeing his distress, Richards put his arm around Martin’s shoulder.
Kayla Jimenez reports that the emotional distress often came in the form of vitriolic social media posts, but also included phone calls and text messages.Morning Report: What Women Candidates and Officeholders Face|Voice of San Diego|November 9, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Thys didn’t hang any of the flags upside down, but these are clearly distress symbols.In the galleries: A wide array of media carry election-year messages|Mark Jenkins|October 30, 2020|Washington Post
This is yet another in a line of preventable tragedies, another instance of police officers shooting unarmed men who are in psychological distress.Mother of unarmed man killed by Baltimore County police officer files federal suit|Tom Jackman|October 29, 2020|Washington Post
The ultimate result would be a more dangerous Brooklyn, most distressingly for kids such as Sarah and Mary.
Distressingly, this framing of the debate limits so many options.Paul Krugman’s Dismissal of Structural Causes for U.S. Employment Problem Is Misguided|Zachary Karabell|May 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Another month, another sign that the job market remains unchangingly, distressingly stuck.
In a city as large as New York, flawed witnesses are distressingly familiar.
Mr. Sperry was amused by the article, but distressingly perplexed by apprehensions concerning it.Recollections of a Varied Life|George Cary Eggleston
But to turn about and look at the stage is even worse, so distressingly complete is the betrayal of its shabby deceptions.A Pasteboard Crown|Clara Morris
For some women are distressingly sensitive about these little matters.The Girl of the Period and Other Social Essays, Vol. I (of 2)|Eliza Lynn Linton
The field hospital is apt to be a distressingly plain structure of unpainted boards with sandbags banked against it.The Glory of The Coming|Irvin S. Cobb
Two lords—one very young, the other distressingly old—have also solicited her hand in the "mazy dance."Molly Bawn|Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for distress
- the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of or in satisfaction of a debt, claim, etc; distraint
- the property thus seized
- US (as modifier)distress merchandise