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fret


  9  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fret  \Fret\  (fr[e^]t),  n.  [Obs.] 
  See  1st  {Frith}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fret  \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. 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fret  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fret  \Fret\,  v.  t. 
  To  furnish  with  frets,  as  an  instrument  of  music. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fret  \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] 
  adornment.] 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fret  \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. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fret  \Fret\,  n. 
  1.  Ornamental  work  in  relief,  as  carving  or  embossing.  See 
  {Fretwork}. 
 
  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. 
  --Evelyn. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fret  \Fret\,  n. 
  1.  The  agitation  of  the  surface  of  a  fluid  by  fermentation  or 
  other  cause  a  rippling  on  the  surface  of  water. 
  --Addison. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fret 
  n  1:  agitation  resulting  from  active  worry;  "don't  get  in  a 
  stew";  "he's  in  a  sweat  about  exams"  [syn:  {stew},  {sweat}, 
  {lather},  {swither}] 
  2:  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 
  v  1:  worry  unnecessarily  of  excessively  [syn:  {fuss},  {niggle}] 
  2:  be  agitated  or  irritated 
  3:  become  or  make  sore  by  or  as  if  by  rubbing  [syn:  {chafe},  {gall}] 
  4:  cause  annoyance  in 
  5:  gnaw  into  make  resentful  or  angry  [syn:  {eat  into},  {rankle}, 
  {grate}] 
  6:  carve  a  pattern  into 
  7:  decorate  with  an  interlaced  design 
  8:  be  too  tight;  rub  or  press;  "This  neckband  is  chocking  the 
  cat"  [syn:  {choke},  {gag}] 
  9:  cause  friction  [syn:  {rub},  {fray},  {chafe},  {scratch}] 
  10:  remove  soil  or  rock,  as  of  wind  or  water;  "Rain  eroded  the 
  terraces"  [syn:  {erode},  {eat  away}] 
  11:  wear  away  or  erode  [syn:  {eat  away}] 




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