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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fretfrɛt(v.; n.)fret•ted, fret•ting

  1. (v.i.)to feel or express worry, annoyance, discontent, or the like.

  2. to cause corrosion; gnaw into something:

    acids that fret at the strongest metals.

  3. to make a way by gnawing, corrosion, wearing away, etc.

  4. to become eaten, worn, or corroded (often fol. by away).

    Category: Geography (terms)

  5. to move in agitation or commotion, as water.

  6. (v.t.)to irritate, annoy, or vex; torment.

  7. to wear away or consume by gnawing, friction, rust, corrosives, etc.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  8. to form or make by wearing away a substance.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  9. to agitate (water).

    Category: Geography (terms)

  10. (n.)an irritated state of mind; annoyance; vexation.

  11. erosion; corrosion.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  12. a worn or eroded place.

Origin of fret:

bef. 900; ME; OE fretan to eat up

fret′ter(n.)

fretfrɛt(n.; v.)fret•ted, fret•ting.

  1. (n.)an interlaced, angular design; fretwork.

    Category: Architecture, Furniture

  2. an angular design of bands within a border.

    Category: Architecture, Furniture

  3. a piece of decoratively pierced work placed in a clock case to deaden the sound.

  4. (v.t.)to ornament with a fret or fretwork.

    Category: Architecture, Furniture

Origin of fret:

1350–1400; ME fret(ted) < OF freté, akin to frete trellis

fret′less(adj.)

fretfrɛt(n.; v.)fret•ted, fret•ting.

  1. (n.)any of the ridges of wood, metal, or string, set across the fingerboard of an instrument, as a guitar or lute, to help the fingers stop the strings at the correct points.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. (v.t.)to provide with frets.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of fret:

1490–1500

fret′less(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fret, stew, sweat, lather, swither(noun)

    agitation resulting from active worry

    "don't get in a stew"; "he's in a sweat about exams"

  2. worn spot, fret(noun)

    a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion

  3. fret, Greek fret, Greek key, key pattern(noun)

    an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief)

    "there was a simple fret at the top of the walls"

  4. fret(verb)

    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

  5. fuss, niggle, fret(verb)

    worry unnecessarily or excessively

    "don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now"

  6. fret(verb)

    be agitated or irritated

    "don't fret over these small details"

  7. fret(verb)

    provide (a musical instrument) with frets

    "fret a guitar"

  8. chafe, gall, fret(verb)

    become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

  9. fret(verb)

    cause annoyance in

  10. eat into, fret, rankle, grate(verb)

    gnaw into; make resentful or angry

    "The injustice rankled her"; "his resentment festered"

  11. fret(verb)

    carve a pattern into

  12. fret(verb)

    decorate with an interlaced design

  13. choke, gag, fret(verb)

    be too tight; rub or press

    "This neckband is choking the cat"

  14. rub, fray, fret, chafe, scratch(verb)

    cause friction

    "my sweater scratches"

  15. erode, eat away, fret(verb)

    remove soil or rock

    "Rain eroded the terraces"

  16. fret, eat away(verb)

    wear away or erode

Wiktionary

  1. fret(Noun)

    One of the pieces of metal/wood/plastic across the neck of a guitar or other musical instrument that marks note positions for fingering.

  2. fret(Noun)

    An ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief).

  3. fret(Noun)

    A strait; channel.

  4. fret(Noun)

    A fog or mist at sea or coming inland from the sea

  5. Origin: From freten, from fretan, from fraetanan, corresponding to . Cognate with vreten, freten, fressen, fråse, fräta, 034603420330033903440330033D, 034603420330-033903440330033D.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fret(noun)

    see 1st Frith

  2. Fret(verb)

    to devour

  3. Fret(verb)

    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

  4. Fret(verb)

    to impair; to wear away; to diminish

  5. Fret(verb)

    to make rough, agitate, or disturb; to cause to ripple; as, to fret the surface of water

  6. Fret(verb)

    to tease; to irritate; to vex

  7. Fret(verb)

    to be worn away; to chafe; to fray; as, a wristband frets on the edges

  8. Fret(verb)

    to eat in; to make way by corrosion

  9. Fret(verb)

    to be agitated; to be in violent commotion; to rankle; as, rancor frets in the malignant breast

  10. Fret(verb)

    to be vexed; to be chafed or irritated; to be angry; to utter peevish expressions

  11. Fret(noun)

    the agitation of the surface of a fluid by fermentation or other cause; a rippling on the surface of water

  12. Fret(noun)

    agitation of mind marked by complaint and impatience; disturbance of temper; irritation; as, he keeps his mind in a continual fret

  13. Fret(noun)

    herpes; tetter

  14. Fret(noun)

    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

  15. Fret(verb)

    to ornament with raised work; to variegate; to diversify

  16. Fret(noun)

    ornamental work in relief, as carving or embossing. See Fretwork

  17. Fret(noun)

    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

  18. Fret(noun)

    the reticulated headdress or net, made of gold or silver wire, in which ladies in the Middle Ages confined their hair

  19. Fret(noun)

    a saltire interlaced with a mascle

  20. Fret(noun)

    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

  21. Fret(verb)

    to furnish with frets, as an instrument of music

Freebase

  1. Fret

    A fret is a raised element on the neck of a stringed instrument. Frets usually extend across the full width of the neck. On most modern western fretted instruments, frets are metal strips inserted into the fingerboard. On some historical instruments and non-European instruments, frets are made of pieces of string tied around the neck. Frets divide the neck into fixed segments at intervals related to a musical framework. On instruments such as guitars, each fret represents one semitone in the standard western system where one octave is divided into twelve semitones. Fret is often used as a verb, meaning simply "to press down the string behind a fret." Fretting often refers to the frets and/or their system of placement.


Translations for FRET

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

fret(verb)

to worry or show anxiety or discontentment

She was always fretting about something or other.

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