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distress signal[də′stres ‚sig·nəl]
An international signal used when a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle is threatened by grave and imminent danger and requests immediate assistance; examples are special radiotelegraph and radiotelephone signals or special signal flags or flares.
A signal transmitted by an aircraft in distress. It could be transmitted on radio as Mayday or by light indications.