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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

frayfreɪ(n.)

  1. a fight; skirmish; conflict.

  2. a noisy quarrel or debate.

  3. Archaic. fright.

  4. (v.t.)Archaic. to frighten.

Origin of fray:

1250–1300; ME frai; aph. var. of affray

frayfreɪ(v.t.)

  1. to wear (material) into loose threads at the edge or end:

    to fray a cuff.

  2. to wear out by rubbing.

  3. to cause strain on:

    The argument frayed their nerves.

  4. (v.i.)to become frayed:

    sweaters frayed at the elbows.

  5. (n.)a frayed part.

Origin of fray:

1375–1425; late ME < OF frayer,freiier to rub < L fricāre

Princeton's WordNet

  1. affray, disturbance, fray, ruffle(verb)

    a noisy fight

  2. fray, frazzle(verb)

    wear away by rubbing

    "The friction frayed the sleeve"

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

    cause friction

    "my sweater scratches"

Wiktionary

  1. fray(Noun)

    Affray; broil; contest; combat; brawl; melee.

    Though they did not know the reason for the dispute, they did not hesitate to leap into the fray.

  2. fray(Noun)

    fright

  3. fray(Verb)

    To unravel; used particularly for the edge of something made of cloth, or the end of a rope.

    The ribbon frayed at the cut end.

  4. fray(Verb)

    To cause exhaustion, wear out (a person's mental strength).

    The stressful day ended in frayed nerves. (Metaphorical use; nerves are visualised as strings)

  5. fray

    frighten

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fray(noun)

    affray; broil; contest; combat

  2. Fray(verb)

    to frighten; to terrify; to alarm

  3. Fray(verb)

    to bear the expense of; to defray

  4. Fray(verb)

    to rub; to wear off, or wear into shreds, by rubbing; to fret, as cloth; as, a deer is said to fray her head

  5. Fray(verb)

    to rub

  6. Fray(verb)

    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

  7. Fray(noun)

    a fret or chafe, as in cloth; a place injured by rubbing

Freebase

  1. Fray

    Fray is an eight-issue comic book limited series, a futuristic spin-off of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Written by Buffy creator Joss Whedon, the series follows a Slayer named Melaka Fray, a chosen one in a time where vampires are returning to the slums of New York City, and the rich-poor divide is even greater. Volume one is drawn by Karl Moline and Andy Owens. The series was published by Dark Horse Comics beginning in 2001, with delays between the first six and the final two issues caused by Whedon's TV commitments, during which Moline illustrated Route 666 for CrossGen Comics. After the series' conclusion in August 2003, a trade paperback collecting the whole series was also published by Dark Horse. In a short video promoting the charity Equality Now Joss Whedon confirmed that "Fray is not done, Fray is coming back. More than that, I will not say." This was reiterated in 2007's Comic Con where Joss stated that he "absolutely would be returning to that world." Fray next appears as a main character in the 2008 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight crossover story arc, "Time of Your Life", by Whedon and Moline. The series was closely linked to the concurrently airing seventh season of Buffy, with coinciding depictions of the Slayer's mystical scythe and her origins, a major contributor to the expansion of the canonical "Buffyverse" in which Buffy the Vampire Slayer and other related stories are set. Melaka Fray also appears in the story "Tales", by the same creative team as the series, in the anthology comic book Tales of the Slayers.


Translations for fray

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

fray(verb)

(of cloth, rope etc) to make or become worn at the ends or edges, so that the threads or fibres come loose

This material frays easily.

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