DISTRESS, noun [See Stress.]
1. The act of distraining; the taking of any personal chattel from a wrong-doer, to answer a demand, or procure satisfaction for a wrong committed.
2. The thing taken by distraining; that which is seized to procure satisfaction.
A distress of household goods shall be impounded under cover. If the lessor does not find sufficient distress on the premises, etc.
3. Extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; as, to suffer great distress from the gout, or from the loss of near friends.
4. Affliction; calamity; misery.
On earth distress of nations. Luke 21:23.
5. A state of danger; as a ship in distress from leaking, loss of spars, or want of provisions or water, etc.
DISTRESS, verb transitive
1. To pain; to afflict with pain or anguish; applied to the body or the mind. [Literally, to press or strain.]
2. To afflict greatly; to harass; to oppress with calamity; to make miserable.
DISTRESS not the Moabites. Deuteronomy 2:9.
We are troubled on every side, but not distressed. 2 Corinthians 4:8.
3. To compel by pain or suffering.
There are men who can neither be distressed nor won into a sacrifice of duty.