Found 3 items, similar to fret.
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n 1: agitation resulting from active worry; “don't get in a
; “he's in a sweat about exams”
2: a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion [syn:
3: an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and
horizonal lines (often in relief); “there was a simple
fret at the top of the walls”
[syn: Greek fret
, Greek key
, key pattern
4: a small bar of metal across the fingerboard of a musical
instrument; when the string is stopped by a finger at the
metal bar it will produce a note of the desired pitch
v 1: worry unnecessarily or excessively; “don't fuss too much
over the grandchildren--they are quite big now”
2: be agitated or irritated; “don't fret over these small
3: provide (a musical instrument) with frets; “fret a guitar”
4: become or make sore by or as if by rubbing [syn: chafe
5: cause annoyance in
6: gnaw into; make resentful or angry; “The unjustice rankled
; “his resentment festered”
[syn: eat into
7: carve a pattern into
8: decorate with an interlaced design
9: be too tight; rub or press; “This neckband is choking the
10: cause friction; “my sweater scratches”
11: remove soil or rock; “Rain eroded the terraces”
12: wear away or erode [syn: eat away
English → English
(fr[e^]t), n. [Obs.]
See 1st Frith
(fr[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fretted
; p. pr. &
vb. n. Fretting
.] [OE. freten to eat, consume; AS. fretan,
for foretan; pref. for- + etan to eat; akin to D. vreten,
OHG. frezzan, G. fressen, Sw. fr["a]ta, Goth. fra-itan. See
, and Eat
, v. t.]
1. To devour. [Obs.]
The sow frete the child right in the cradle.
2. To rub; to wear away by friction; to chafe; to gall;
hence, to eat away; to gnaw; as, to fret cloth; to fret a
piece of gold or other metal; a worm frets the plants of a
With many a curve my banks I fret. --Tennyson.
3. To impair; to wear away; to diminish.
His fretted fortunes give him hope and fear. --Shak.
4. To make rough, agitate, or disturb; to cause to ripple;
as, to fret the surface of water.
5. To tease; to irritate; to vex.
Fret not thyself because of evil doers. --Ps.
1. The agitation of the surface of a fluid by fermentation or
other cause; a rippling on the surface of water.
2. Agitation of mind marked by complaint and impatience;
disturbance of temper; irritation; as, he keeps his mind
in a continual fret.
Yet then did Dennis rave in furious fret. --Pope.
3. Herpes; tetter. --Dunglison.
4. pl. (Mining) The worn sides of river banks, where ores, or
stones containing them, accumulate by being washed down
from the hills, and thus indicate to the miners the
locality of the veins.
, v. t. [OE. fretten to adorn, AS. fr[ae]twan,
fr[ae]twian; akin to OS. fratah[=o]n, cf. Goth. us-fratwjan
to make wise, also AS. fr[ae]twe ornaments, OS. fratah[=i]
To ornament with raised work; to variegate; to diversify.
Whose skirt with gold was fretted all about. --Spenser.
Yon gray lines,
That fret the clouds, are messengers of day. --Shak.
, v. i.
1. To be worn away; to chafe; to fray; as, a wristband frets
on the edges.
2. To eat in; to make way by corrosion.
Many wheals arose, and fretted one into another with
great excoriation. --Wiseman.
3. To be agitated; to be in violent commotion; to rankle; as,
rancor frets in the malignant breast.
4. To be vexed; to be chafed or irritated; to be angry; to
utter peevish expressions.
He frets, he fumes, he stares, he stamps the ground.
1. Ornamental work in relief, as carving or embossing. See
2. (Arch.) An ornament consisting of small fillets or slats
intersecting each other or bent at right angles, as in
classical designs, or at oblique angles, as often in
His lady's cabinet is a adorned on the fret,
ceiling, and chimney-piece with . . . carving.
3. The reticulated headdress or net, made of gold or silver
wire, in which ladies in the Middle Ages confined their
A fret of gold she had next her hair. --Chaucer.
, a saw with a long, narrow blade, used in cutting
frets, scrolls, etc.; a scroll saw; a keyhole saw; a
, n. [F. frette a saltire, also a hoop, ferrule,
prob. a dim. of L. ferrum iron. For sense 2, cf. also E. fret
1. (Her.) A saltire interlaced with a mascle.
2. (Mus.) A short piece of wire, or other material fixed
across the finger board of a guitar or a similar
instrument, to indicate where the finger is to be placed.
, v. t.
To furnish with frets, as an instrument of music.