Associations to the word «Fret»


FRET, verb. (transitive) (obsolete/poetic) To devour, consume; eat.
FRET, verb. (transitive and intransitive) To gnaw, consume, eat away.
FRET, verb. (intransitive) To be worn away; to chafe; to fray.
FRET, verb. (transitive) To cut through with fretsaw, create fretwork.
FRET, verb. (transitive) To chafe or irritate; to worry.
FRET, verb. (intransitive) To worry or be anxious.
FRET, verb. To be vexed; to be chafed or irritated; to be angry; to utter peevish expressions.
FRET, verb. To make rough, agitate, or disturb; to cause to ripple.
FRET, verb. To be agitated; to be in violent commotion; to rankle.
FRET, verb. (music) To press down the string behind a fret.
FRET, verb. To ornament with raised work; to variegate; to diversify.
FRET, noun. The agitation of the surface of a fluid by fermentation or other cause; a rippling on the surface of water.
FRET, noun. Agitation of mind marked by complaint and impatience; disturbance of temper; irritation.
FRET, noun. Herpes; tetter.
FRET, noun. (mining) (in the plural) 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, noun. (music) One of the pieces of metal/wood/plastic across the neck of a guitar or other musical instrument that marks note positions for fingering.
FRET, noun. An ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief).
FRET, noun. (heraldiccharge) A saltire interlaced with a mascle.
FRET, noun. A strait; channel.
FRET, noun. (dialectal) (North East England) A fog or mist at sea or coming inland from the sea.
FRET SAW, noun. Alternative spelling of fretsaw

Dictionary definition

FRET, noun. Agitation resulting from active worry; "don't get in a stew"; "he's in a sweat about exams".
FRET, noun. A spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion.
FRET, 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".
FRET, noun. 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.
FRET, verb. Worry unnecessarily or excessively; "don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now".
FRET, verb. Be agitated or irritated; "don't fret over these small details".
FRET, verb. Provide (a musical instrument) with frets; "fret a guitar".
FRET, verb. Become or make sore by or as if by rubbing.
FRET, verb. Cause annoyance in.
FRET, verb. Gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The injustice rankled her"; "his resentment festered".
FRET, verb. Carve a pattern into.
FRET, verb. Decorate with an interlaced design.
FRET, verb. Be too tight; rub or press; "This neckband is choking the cat".
FRET, verb. Cause friction; "my sweater scratches".
FRET, verb. Remove soil or rock; "Rain eroded the terraces".
FRET, verb. Wear away or erode.

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