Definitions for: Fret

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

Webster (1913) Definition: Fret (fr[e^]t), n. [Obs.]
See 1st Frith.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fret, v. t.
To furnish with frets, as an instrument of music.

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

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