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Definitions of fret

  1. become or make sore by or as if by rubbing Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. cause friction; "my sweater scratches" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. be too tight; rub or press; "This neckband is choking the cat" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. remove soil or rock, as of wind or water; "Rain eroded the terraces" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. wear away or erode Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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
  7. agitation resulting from active worry; "don't get in a stew"; "he's in a sweat about exams" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. decorate with an interlaced design Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. carve a pattern into Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. cause annoyance in Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. 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
  12. a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. remove soil or rock; "Rain eroded the terraces" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. be agitated or irritated; "don't fret over these small details" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The unjustice rankled her"; "his resentment festered" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  16. worry unnecessarily or excessively; "don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  17. provide (a musical instrument) with frets; "fret a guitar" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. See 1st Frith. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To devour. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. 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
  21. To impair; to wear away; to diminish. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. To make rough, agitate, or disturb; to cause to ripple; as, to fret the surface of water. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. To tease; to irritate; to vex. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. To be worn away; to chafe; to fray; as, a wristband frets on the edges. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. To eat in; to make way by corrosion. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To be agitated; to be in violent commotion; to rankle; as, rancor frets in the malignant breast. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. To be vexed; to be chafed or irritated; to be angry; to utter peevish expressions. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. The agitation of the surface of a fluid by fermentation or other cause; a rippling on the surface of water. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. Agitation of mind marked by complaint and impatience; disturbance of temper; irritation; as, he keeps his mind in a continual fret. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. Herpes; tetter. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. 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
  32. To ornament with raised work; to variegate; to diversify. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. Ornamental work in relief, as carving or embossing. See Fretwork. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. 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
  35. The reticulated headdress or net, made of gold or silver wire, in which ladies in the Middle Ages confined their hair. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. A saltire interlaced with a mascle. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. 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
  38. To furnish with frets, as an instrument of music. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. Fretted. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  43. Fretting. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  44. To wear away by rubbing: to eat into: to vex. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  45. 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.
  46. Agitation of the surface of a liquid: irritation: ill-humor. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  47. Pa.p. of FRET, to wear away. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  48. The worn side of the bank of a river. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. A short wire on the fingerboard of a guitar or other instrument. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  52. To furnish with frets. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  53. Irritation; worry. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  54. To corrode; chafe; vex. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  55. To ornament with raised work. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  56. To wear away; be peevish or unhappy. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  57. To wear or eat away; irritate; worry; vex; agitate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  58. To be worn away. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  59. To complain; be agitated. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  60. To ornament as with fretwork. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  61. The act of fretting; irritation; agitation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  62. Ornament in relief. fretwork. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  63. 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.
  64. 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.
  65. 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.
  66. 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.
  67. 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.
  68. Agitation of mind. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  69. Ornamented work in embroidery or carving. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  70. 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.
  71. 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.
  72. Fr. In French marine law. Freight. Ord. Mar. liv. 3, tit. 3. thelawdictionary.org
  73. fret, v.t. to wear away by rubbing, to rub, chafe, ripple, disturb: to eat into: to vex, to irritate.--v.i. to wear away: to vex one's self: to be peevish:--pr.p. fret'ting; pa.p. fret'ted, (B.) fret.--n. agitation of the surface of a liquid: irritation: the worn side of the banks of a river.--adj. FRET'FUL, peevish.--adv. FRET'FULLY.--n. FRET'FULNESS.--p.adj. FRET'TING, vexing.--n. peevishness. [A.S. fretan, to gnaw--pfx. for-, inten., and etan, to eat; Ger. fressen.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  74. fret, v.t. to ornament with raised work: to variegate:--pr.p. fret'ting; pa.p. fret'ted. [O. Fr. freter.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  75. fret, n. a piece of interlaced ornamental work: (archit.) an ornament consisting of small fillets intersecting each other at right angles: (her.) bars crossed and interlaced.--ns. FRET'-SAW, a saw with a narrow blade and fine teeth, used for fret-work, scroll-work, &c.; FRETTE, a hoop for strengthening a cannon shrunk on its breach.--adjs. FRET'TED, FRET'TY, ornamented with frets.--n. FRET'-WORK, ornamental work consisting of a combination of frets, perforated work. [O. Fr. frete, trellis-work.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  76. fret, n. a short wire on the finger-board of a guitar or other instrument.--v.t. to furnish with frets. [Prob. same as the above.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  77. Chafing, Herpes. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  78. Ornamental pattern made of continuous combinations of straight lines joined usu. at right angles (also Greek f.). (Vb) variegate, chequer; adorn (esp. ceiling) with carved or embossed work. F.-saw, very narrow saw stretched on frame for cutting thin wood in ornamental patterns; fretwork, carved work in decorative patterns esp. of straight lines, also wood cut with f.-saw. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  79. Gnaw, wear or consume or torment by gnawing, (of moths &c., horses champing bit, action of frost, rust, corrosives, friction, &c., or the passions); make (passage &c.) by wearing away; chafe, irritate, annoy, worry, distress; distress oneself with regret or discontent (f. away or out one\'s life &c.); (of stream &c.) flow or rise in little waves, chafe; ruffle (water). (N.) irritation, vexation, querulousness, (in a f.; f. & fume; on the f.); hence fretfuly a., fretfully adv., fretfulness n., fretty a. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  80. Bar or ridge on fingerboard of stringed instrument to regulate fingering. Hence fretted a. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  81. f. & fume, show angry impatience. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  82. (Arch.) (Her.) An ordinary consisting of two diagonal bands, called laths, interlaced with a mascle. An escutcheon cross-barred with many interlacing laths is called Fretty. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  83. (Arch.) An ornament consisting of small fillets cutting each other at right angles. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  84. n. Agitation of the surface of a fluid by fermentation or other cause;—agitation of mind; irritation;—a superstitious notion or practice;—in architecture, small fillets intersecting each other at right angles;—a short piece of wire fixed on the fingerboard of a guitar or a similar instrument., to indicate where the finger is to be placed in playing;—pl. the worn sides of river hanks, where ores, or stones containing them, accumulate. Cabinet Dictionary
  85. A frith, or strait of the sea; any agitation of liquors by fermentation or other cause; that stop of the musical instrument which causes or regulates the vibrations of the string; work rising in protuberance; agitation of the mind, commotion of the temper, passion. Complete Dictionary

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