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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 dis·tress /dɪˈstrɛs/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 dis·tress /dɪsˈtrɛs/ 名詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dis·tress, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Distressed p. pr. & vb. n. Distressing.]
 1. To cause pain or anguish to; to pain; to oppress with calamity; to afflict; to harass; to make miserable.
    We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed.   --2 Cor. iv. 8.
 2. To compel by pain or suffering.
    Men who can neither be distressed nor won into a sacrifice of duty.   --A. Hamilton.
 3. Law To seize for debt; to distrain.
 Syn: -- To pain; grieve; harass; trouble; perplex; afflict; worry; annoy.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dis·tress n.
 1. Extreme pain or suffering; anguish of body or mind; as, to suffer distress from the gout, or from the loss of friends.
    Not fearing death nor shrinking for distress.   --Shak.
 2. That which occasions suffering; painful situation; misfortune; affliction; misery.
    Affliction's sons are brothers in distress.   --Burns.
 3. A state of danger or necessity; as, a ship in distress, from leaking, loss of spars, want of provisions or water, etc.
 4. Law (a) The act of distraining; the taking of a personal chattel out of the possession of a wrongdoer, by way of pledge for redress of an injury, or for the performance of a duty, as for nonpayment of rent or taxes, or for injury done by cattle, etc. (b) The thing taken by distraining; that which is seized to procure satisfaction.
    If he were not paid, he would straight go and take a distress of goods and cattle.   --Spenser.
    The distress thus taken must be proportioned to the thing distrained for.   --Blackstone.
 Abuse of distress. Law See under Abuse.
 Syn: -- Affliction; suffering; pain; agony; misery; torment; anguish; grief; sorrow; calamity; misfortune; trouble; adversity. See Affliction.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: psychological suffering; "the death of his wife caused him
           great distress" [syn: hurt, suffering]
      2: a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need); "a ship
         in distress"; "she was the classic maiden in distress"
      3: extreme physical pain; "the patient appeared to be in
      4: the seizure and holding of property as security for payment
         of a debt or satisfaction of a claim; "Originally distress
         was a landloard's remedy against a tenant for unpaid rents
         or property damage but now the landlord is given a
         landlord's lien" [syn: distraint]
      v : cause mental pain to; "The news of her child's illness
          distressed the mother"