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Fret meaning

fret - 30 dictionary results

  1. 1. an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizonal lines ( often in relief); " there was a simple fret at the top of the walls"
  2. 2. a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
  3. 3. remove soil or rock; " Rain eroded the terraces"
  4. 4. be agitated or irritated; " don't fret over these small details"
  5. 5. gnaw into; make resentful or angry; " The unjustice rankled her"; " his resentment festered"
  6. 6. worry unnecessarily or excessively; " don't fuss too much over the grandchildren-- they are quite big now"
  7. 7. provide ( a musical instrument) with frets; " fret a guitar"
  8. 8. See 1st Frith.
  9. 9. To devour.
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. To impair; to wear away; to diminish.
  12. 12. To make rough, agitate, or disturb; to cause to ripple; as, to fret the surface of water.
  13. 13. To tease; to irritate; to vex.
  14. 14. To be worn away; to chafe; to fray; as, a wristband frets on the edges.
  15. 15. To eat in; to make way by corrosion.
  16. 16. To be vexed; to be chafed or irritated; to be angry; to utter peevish expressions.
  17. 17. The agitation of the surface of a fluid by fermentation or other cause; a rippling on the surface of water.
  18. 18. Agitation of mind marked by complaint and impatience; disturbance of temper; irritation; as, he keeps his mind in a continual fret.
  19. 19. 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.
  20. 20. To ornament with raised work; to variegate; to diversify.
  21. 21. Ornamental work in relief, as carving or embossing. See Fretwork.
  22. 22. 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.
  23. 23. The reticulated headdress or net, made of gold or silver wire, in which ladies in the Middle Ages confined their hair.
  24. 24. A saltire interlaced with a mascle.
  25. 25. 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.
  26. 26. To furnish with frets, as an instrument of music.
  27. 27. Irritation; worry.
  28. 28. To corrode; chafe; vex.
  29. 29. To ornament with raised work.
  30. 30. To wear away; be peevish or unhappy.

fret - examples of usage

  1. She'd fret herself to death. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  2. Now, for no reason whatever, you begin to fret about your feeling and about my feeling, with the usual result. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  3. " Don't yer fret yerself. - "The Ghost Pirates", William Hope Hodgson.
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