Word:

Fret

Pronunciation: frĕt
n.1.See 1st Frith.
v. t.1.To devour.
[imp. & p. p. Fretted; p. pr. & vb. n. Fretting.]
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 ship.
With many a curve my banks I fret.
- Tennyson.
3.To impair; to wear away; to diminish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4.(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.
v. t.1.To ornament with raised work; to variegate; to diversify.
n.1.Ornamental work in relief, as carving or embossing. See Fretwork.
2.(Arch.) An ornament consisting of small fillets or slats intersecting each other or bent at right angles, as in classical designs, or at oblique angles, as often in Oriental art.
3.The reticulated headdress or net, made of gold or silver wire, in which ladies in the Middle Ages confined their hair.
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.
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.
v. t.1.To furnish with frets, as an instrument of music.
Noun1.fret - agitation resulting from active worry; "don't get in a stew"; "he's in a sweat about exams"
Synonyms: stew, swither, lather, sweat
2.fret - a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
Synonyms: worn spot
3.fret - an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizonal lines (often in relief); "there was a simple fret at the top of the walls"
4.fret - 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
Verb1.fret - worry unnecessarily or excessively; "don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now"
Synonyms: fuss, niggle
2.fret - be agitated or irritated; "don't fret over these small details"
3.fret - provide (a musical instrument) with frets; "fret a guitar"
4.fret - become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
Synonyms: chafe, gall
5.fret - cause annoyance in
6.fret - gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The unjustice rankled her"; "his resentment festered"
Synonyms: eat into, rankle, grate
7.fret - carve a pattern into
8.fret - decorate with an interlaced design
9.fret - be too tight; rub or press; "This neckband is choking the cat"
Synonyms: choke, gag
10.fret - cause friction; "my sweater scratches"
Synonyms: scratch, fray, rub, chafe
11.fret - remove soil or rock; "Rain eroded the terraces"
Synonyms: eat away, erode
12.fret - wear away or erode
Synonyms: eat away
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