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distress signal

n.
An international signal used by a distressed ship or aircraft to request help.

distress signal

n
(Nautical Terms) a signal by radio, Very light, etc from a ship or other vessel in need of immediate assistance
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Noun1.distress signal - an internationally recognized signal sent out by a ship or plane indicating that help is neededdistress signal - an internationally recognized signal sent out by a ship or plane indicating that help is needed
signal, signaling, sign - any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message; "signals from the boat suddenly stopped"
SOS - an internationally recognized distress signal in radio code
Mayday - an internationally recognized distress signal via radiotelephone (from the French m'aider)
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Here, ready for instant lighting, was gathered a huge pile of dry branches, while from a lofty pole which they had set in the ground there floated an improvised distress signal fashioned from a red undershirt which belonged to the mate of the Kincaid.
But the 10-year-old was struggling to keep tabs on leader Fighting Times going out on the final circuit and the distress signals were well and truly out as McCoy's push became pump with little response.
By emitting chemical distress signals, some corn, cotton, and tobacco plants can summon tiny parasitic wasps to rescue them from hungry caterpillars like the tobacco budworm and corn earworm.
If as he says, we face an "ecological holocaust," if "the planet earth is sending out distress signals," if what we face is a "nightmare world," then we can change.
The 406 MHz signal is monitored by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking System (SARSAT) detects and locates distress signals.
01 on Betfair before the last but the distress signals were soon being emitted as the odds-on favourite hit the wall.
It was only inside the final furlong that distress signals started to show and Halicarnassus eventually closed right down to within a neck.
There was nobody trapped in the middle aisles, or hundreds walking out when Never Walk Alone was played as he stated, unless he thought all the flag waving were distress signals.
Despite firing distress signals and putting out mayday calls, no help arrived - so he texted Karl Jr in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, with his position.
Apparently, Gordon Brown wants to be Prime Minister so much that, during last year's Labour Party conference he gave out 322 subconscious distress signals.
However, the aircraft sent distress signals shortly after takeoff.
Miss Dean is due to visit Gelligroes Mill in Pontllanfraith, which is famous for receiving the stricken vessel's distress signals, on Friday after striking a friendship with British Titanic Society member Graham Kennard, of Pontypool.