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may·day

 (mā′dā′)
n.
An international radio signal word used by aircraft and ships in distress.

[From French (venez) m'aider, (come) help me!]

Mayday

(ˈmeɪˌdeɪ)
n
(Communications & Information) the international radiotelephone distress signal
[C20: phonetic spelling of French m'aidez help me]

May′ Day`


n.
the first day of May variously celebrated with festivities and observances.
[1225–75]

May•day

(ˈmeɪˌdeɪ)

n.
an international radiotelephone distress call.
[1925–30; < French (venez)m'aider (come) help me!]

mayday

Distress call.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Mayday - an internationally recognized distress signal via radiotelephone (from the French m'aider)Mayday - an internationally recognized distress signal via radiotelephone (from the French m'aider)
distress call, distress signal - an internationally recognized signal sent out by a ship or plane indicating that help is needed
Translations
S.O.S
maydaynødsignal
mayday
nelaimės signalasSOS
briesmu signāls, SOS
İmdat!tehlike işareti

Mayday

[ˈmeɪdeɪ] N (= distress call) → socorro m, SOS m

mayday

Mayday [ˈmeɪdeɪ] n (= signal) → SOS m, S.O.S. m

mayday

[ˈmeɪˌdeɪ] n (Aer, Naut) → mayday m inv, S.O.S. m inv

mayday

(ˈmeidei) noun
the international distress signal sent out by ships and aircraft. The ship sent out a mayday (signal) before it sank.
References in periodicals archive ?
EMERGENCY Pilot issued mayday call as chopper went down, left and above
If anyone has any information about the mayday call, they are asked to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
The aircraft was then stabilised and the plane commander cancelled the mayday and then cruised at 10,000 feet to Jersey without any further incident.
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Every day is Mayday for the RNLI's lifeboat crews, who are speciallytrained volunteers, on-call 24/7 to save lives at sea.
Now a video featuring the story will be used on social media to generate support for the RNLI Mayday fundraising campaign, which launches today and focuses on the fact that "every day is Mayday for the RNLI's volunteer crews.
A UK Coastguard controller said: "We received several responses to our mayday, the nearest vessel being 90 nautical miles away, they quickly diverted and set course to the rowers, taking 11 hours to reach them.
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Amazon's device customer service Mayday is included in the Fire Phone which provides free, live tech support in 15 seconds or less.
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Aviation expert David Learmount, from the Flightglobal website, said: "A mayday or pan-pan call doesn't mean you will have a disaster.