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Definitions of fret

  1. To be worn away; to eat or wear into; to be agitated; to be chafed or irritated; to utter peevish expressions. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To devour. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. 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 ship. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To make rough, agitate, or disturb; to cause to ripple; as, to fret the surface of water. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To tease; to irritate; to vex. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To ornament with raised work; to variegate; to diversify. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To furnish with frets, as an instrument of music. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To wear away by rubbing: to eat into: to vex. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. To ornament with raised-work: to variegate:-pr.p. fretting; pa.p. fretted. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. To furnish with frets. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. To corrode; chafe; vex. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. To ornament with raised work. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. To wear or eat away; irritate; worry; vex; agitate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. To ornament as with fretwork. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. To be worn away; to chafe; to fray; as, a wristband frets on the edges. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To eat in; to make way by corrosion. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To be agitated; to be in violent commotion; to rankle; as, rancor frets in the malignant breast. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. To be vexed; to be chafed or irritated; to be angry; to utter peevish expressions. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To wear away by friction or by rubbing; injure by rubbing; agitate; vex; irritate; make rough on the surface; ornament with raised or interlaced work. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. To be worn away by friction or corrosion; be agitated or irritated; utter peevish complaints. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. To wear away: to vex one's self: to be peevish:-pr.p. fretting; pa.p. fretted. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. To wear away; be peevish or unhappy. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. be too tight; rub or press; "This neckband is choking the cat" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  24. wear away or erode Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  25. decorate with an interlaced design Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  26. carve a pattern into Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  27. cause annoyance in Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  28. To be worn away. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. To complain; be agitated. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. To wear away by friction; to wear away, so as to impair; to eat into; to irritate; to chafe; to gall; to agitate; to make rough; to cause to ripple; to form into or ornament with raised work; to variegate; to provide with frets. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  31. To wear away by rubbing; to be peevish and irritable; to be vexed; to irritate; to vex: to make rough on the surface. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  32. In her. and arch., to ornament by interlacing bars or fillets. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  33. Fretting. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  34. 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 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  35. an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizonal lines (often in relief); "there was a simple fret at the top of the walls" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  36. a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion Wordnet Dictionary DB
  37. be agitated or irritated; "don't fret over these small details" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  38. worry unnecessarily or excessively; "don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  39. provide (a musical instrument) with frets; "fret a guitar" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  40. The agitation of the surface of a fluid by fermentation or other cause; a rippling on the surface of water. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. Agitation of mind marked by complaint and impatience; disturbance of temper; irritation; as, he keeps his mind in a continual fret. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. Herpes; tetter. Webster Dictionary DB
  43. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  44. Ornamental work in relief, as carving or embossing. See Fretwork. Webster Dictionary DB
  45. An ornament consisting of smmall fillets or slats intersecting each other or bent at right angles, as in classical designs, or at obilique angles, as often in Oriental art. Webster Dictionary DB
  46. The reticulated headdress or net, made of gold or silver wire, in which ladies in the Middle Ages confined their hair. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. A saltire interlaced with a mascle. Webster Dictionary DB
  48. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  49. An ornament formed by small bands crossing each other at right angles; perforated or interlaced ornamental work; chafing or irritation; a small ridge or bar on the keyboard of certain stringed instruments, such as the guitar. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  50. Agitation of the surface of a liquid: irritation: ill-humor. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  51. Pa.p. of FRET, to wear away. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  52. The worn side of the bank of a river. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  53. The interlacing of bars or fillets of iron: (arch.) an ornament consisting of small fillets intersecting each other at right angles: (her.) bars crossed and interlaced. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  54. A short wire on the fingerboard of a guitar or other instrument. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  55. Irritation; worry. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  56. The act of fretting; irritation; agitation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  57. Ornament in relief. fretwork. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  58. A bar on a musical instrument, as a guitar, against which the strings may be stopped. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  59. Agitation of the surface of a fluid; a rippling on the surface; irritation; vexation; the worn side of a river bank; a chafing of the skin; herpes; an ornament consisting of small fillets intersecting each other at right angles; a short wire fixed on the finger-board of guitars, &c, under and at right angles to the strings; bars crossed and interlaced. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  60. Agitation of mind. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  61. Ornamented work in embroidery or carving. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  62. Small bands or fillets interlacing each other at right angles. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  63. Fretted. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for fret

  1. I understand that, and should not fret at it. – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  2. If there were hope, I might fret under the misery. – The Nether World by George Gissing
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