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fret

noun (n)

  • agitation resulting from active worry (noun.state)
    Synonym: lather, stew, sweat, swither
    source: wordnet30
  • a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion (noun.attribute)
    Synonym: worn spot
    source: wordnet30
  • an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief) (noun.artifact)
    Example:
    There was a simple fret at the top of the walls.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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 (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • See 1st Frith. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • The agitation of the surface of a fluid by fermentation or other cause; a rippling on the surface of water. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • Ornamental work in relief, as carving or embossing. See Fretwork. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • A saltire interlaced with a mascle. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • worry unnecessarily or excessively (verb.emotion)
    Synonym: fuss, niggle
    source: wordnet30
  • be agitated or irritated (verb.emotion)
    Example:
    Don't fret over these small details.
    source: wordnet30
  • provide (a musical instrument) with frets (verb.possession)
    Example:
    Fret a guitar.
    source: wordnet30
  • become or make sore by or as if by rubbing (verb.perception)
    Synonym: chafe, gall
    source: wordnet30
  • cause annoyance in (verb.emotion)
    source: wordnet30
  • gnaw into; make resentful or angry (verb.emotion)
    Synonym: eat into, grate, rankle
    source: wordnet30
  • carve a pattern into (verb.creation)
    source: wordnet30
  • decorate with an interlaced design (verb.creation)
    source: wordnet30
  • be too tight; rub or press (verb.contact)
    Synonym: choke, gag
    source: wordnet30
  • cause friction (verb.contact)
    Synonym: chafe, fray, rub, scratch
    source: wordnet30
  • remove soil or rock (verb.change)
    Synonym: eat away, erode
    source: wordnet30
  • wear away or erode (verb.change)
    Synonym: eat away
    source: wordnet30
  • To devour. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To be worn away; to chafe; to fray; as, a wristband frets on the edges. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To ornament with raised work; to variegate; to diversify. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To furnish with frets, as an instrument of music. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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