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fray


  7  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fray  \Fray\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  rub. 
 
  We  can  show  the  marks  he  made  When  'gainst  the  oak 
  his  antlers  frayed.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fray  \Fray\,  n. 
  A  fret  or  chafe,  as  in  cloth;  a  place  injured  by  rubbing. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fray  \Fray\  (fr[=a]),  n.  [Abbreviated  from  affray.] 
  Affray;  broil;  contest;  combat. 
 
  Who  began  this  bloody  fray?  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fray  \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? 
  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fray  \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. 
  --Massinger. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fray  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fray 
  n  :  a  noisy  fight  [syn:  {affray},  {disturbance},  {ruffle}] 
  v  1:  wear  away  by  rubbing;  "The  friction  frayed  the  sleeve"  [syn: 
  {frazzle}] 
  2:  cause  friction  [syn:  {rub},  {fret},  {chafe},  {scratch}] 




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