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Meaning of FRAY

Pronunciation:  frey

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a noisy fight
  2. [v]  cause friction; "my sweater scratches"
  3. [v]  wear away by rubbing; "The friction frayed the sleeve"

FRAY is a 4 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: affray, chafe, disturbance, frazzle, fret, rub, ruffle, scratch
 See Also: adjoin, break, bust, combat, contact, fall apart, fight, fighting, meet, touch, wear, wear out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fray\ (fr[=a]), n. [Abbreviated from affray.]
    Affray; broil; contest; combat.
          Who began this bloody fray?              --Shak.
  2. \Fray\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Frayed} (fr[=a]d); p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Fraying}.] [See 1st {Fray}, and cf. {Affray}.]
    To frighten; to terrify; to alarm. --I. Taylor.
          What frays ye, that were wont to comfort me affrayed?
  3. \Fray\, v. t. [Cf. OF. fraier. See {Defray}, v. t.]
    To bear the expense of; to defray. [Obs.]
          The charge of my most curious and costly ingredients
          frayed, I shall acknowledge myself amply satisfied.
  4. \Fray\, v. t. [OF. freier, fraier, froier, to rub. L.
    fricare; cf. friare to crumble, E. friable; perh. akin to Gr.
    chri`ein to anoint, chri^sma an anointing, Skr. gh[.r]sh to
    rub, scratch. Cf. {Friction}.]
    To rub; to wear off, or wear into shreds, by rubbing; to
    fret, as cloth; as, a deer is said to fray her head.
  5. \Fray\, v. i.
    1. To rub.
             We can show the marks he made When 'gainst the oak
             his antlers frayed.                   --Sir W.
    2. To wear out or into shreads, or to suffer injury by
       rubbing, as when the threads of the warp or of the woof
       wear off so that the cross threads are loose; to ravel;
       as, the cloth frays badly.
             A suit of frayed magnificience.       --tennyson.
  6. \Fray\, n.
    A fret or chafe, as in cloth; a place injured by rubbing.
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