distress-n; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: a state of emotional unhappiness, anxiety

Commentary: DISTRESS[+state][+emotional][+unhappiness]

To his distress, he saw that she was crying again.
The dog dug up the garden much to Mary's distress.
Sally tried to conceal her distress over the poorly written report.
The scandal has caused the administration great distress.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a circumstance of adversity or danger

Commentary: DISTRESS[+state][+circumstance][+adversity][+danger/+hardship]

The flare was a signal from a ship in distress.
Mary told John that she was no damsel in distress.
He offered financial help to several families in distress.
They picked up a distress call from a small aircraft heading towards Omaha.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: a physical ailment, not well

Commentary: DISTRESS[+state][+physical][+ailment]

A number of students complained of gastric distress after eating the spinach.
The obstetrician decided to perform a Caesarian when the baby began to show signs of distress during labor.
An abnormal heart rhythm is one sign of fetal distress.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: seizure of property for lack of payment of a debt

Commentary: DISTRESS[+action][+legal][+seizure][+property]

Distress was a landlord's remedy against a tenant for unpaid rents.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4