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Meaning of FRET

Pronunciation:  fret

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  1. [n]  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
  2. [n]  agitation resulting from active worry; "don't get in a stew"; "he's in a sweat about exams"
  3. [v]  wear away or erode
  4. [v]  remove soil or rock, as of wind or water; "Rain eroded the terraces"
  5. [v]  cause friction; "my sweater scratches"
  6. [v]  be too tight; rub or press; "This neckband is choking the cat"
  7. [v]  decorate with an interlaced design
  8. [v]  carve a pattern into
  9. [v]  be agitated or irritated
  10. [v]  gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The unjustice rankled her"
  11. [v]  cause annoyance in
  12. [v]  worry unnecessarily of excessively
  13. [v]  become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

FRET is a 4 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: chafe, chafe, choke, eat away, eat into, erode, fray, fuss, gag, gall, grate, lather, niggle, rankle, rub, scratch, stew, sweat, swither
 See Also: adjoin, adorn, agitation, annoy, bar, beautify, bother, carve, chafe, compact, compress, constrict, contact, contract, corrode, damage, decorate, devil, dither, embellish, flap, fret, get at, get to, grace, gravel, honeycomb, irritate, irritate, meet, nark, nettle, ornament, pother, press, rag, rile, rust, scruple, squeeze, touch, vex, wash, worry



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fret\ (fr[e^]t), n. [Obs.]
    See 1st {Frith}.
  2. \Fret\ (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
    {For}, 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.
             By starts 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.
                                                   xxxvii. 1.
  3. \Fret\, 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.
  4. \Fret\, n.
    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.
  5. \Fret\, 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.
  6. \Fret\, n.
    1. Ornamental work in relief, as carving or embossing. See
    2. (Arch.) 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.
             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.
    {Fret saw}, a saw with a long, narrow blade, used in cutting
       frets, scrolls, etc.; a scroll saw; a keyhole saw; a
       compass saw.
  7. \Fret\, n. [F. frette a saltire, also a hoop, ferrule,
    prob. a dim. of L. ferrum iron. For sense 2, cf. also E. fret
    to rub.]
    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.
  8. \Fret\, v. t.
    To furnish with frets, as an instrument of music.
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