Definition of "Distress" :
noun: the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim
"Originally distress was a landlord's remedy against a tenant for unpaid rents or property damage but now the landlord is given a landlord's lien."
noun: psychological suffering
"The death of his wife caused him great distress."
noun: extreme physical pain
"The patient appeared to be in distress."
noun: a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)
"A ship in distress."
verb: cause mental pain to
"The news of her child's illness distressed the mother."
verb: bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship