Definition of Fret

1. Noun. Agitation resulting from active worry. "He's in a sweat about exams"

Exact synonyms: Lather, Stew, Sweat, Swither
Generic synonyms: Agitation
Derivative terms: Stew

2. Verb. Worry unnecessarily or excessively. "Sam and Sue fret over the results of the experiment"; "Don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now"
Exact synonyms: Fuss, Niggle
Generic synonyms: Worry
Specialized synonyms: Scruple, Dither, Flap, Pother
Derivative terms: Fuss

3. Noun. A spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion.
Exact synonyms: Worn Spot
Generic synonyms: Dapple, Fleck, Maculation, Patch, Speckle, Spot

4. Verb. Be agitated or irritated. "Sam and Sue fret"; "Don't fret over these small details"
Generic synonyms: Worry
Specialized synonyms: Dither

5. 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"
Exact synonyms: Greek Fret, Greek Key, Key Pattern
Generic synonyms: Architectural Ornament

6. Verb. Provide (a musical instrument) with frets. "Fret a guitar"
Generic synonyms: Furnish, Provide, Render, Supply

7. 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.
Generic synonyms: Bar

8. Verb. Become or make sore by or as if by rubbing.
Exact synonyms: Chafe, Gall
Generic synonyms: Irritate
Derivative terms: Chafe, Gall, Gall

9. Verb. Cause annoyance in.

10. Verb. Gnaw into; make resentful or angry. "The bad news will fret him"; "His resentment festered"
Exact synonyms: Eat Into, Grate, Rankle
Generic synonyms: Annoy, Bother, Chafe, Devil, Get At, Get To, Gravel, Irritate, Nark, Nettle, Rag, Rile, Vex

11. Verb. Carve a pattern into.
Category relationships: Handicraft
Generic synonyms: Carve
Specialized synonyms: Honeycomb

12. Verb. Decorate with an interlaced design.

13. Verb. Be too tight; rub or press. "This neckband is choking the cat"
Exact synonyms: Choke, Gag
Generic synonyms: Compact, Compress, Constrict, Contract, Press, Squeeze
Derivative terms: Choker, Choker

14. Verb. Cause friction. "My sweater scratches"
Exact synonyms: Chafe, Fray, Rub, Scratch
Generic synonyms: Adjoin, Contact, Meet, Touch
Derivative terms: Chafe, Rubbing, Scratch

15. Verb. Remove soil or rock. "Rain eroded the terraces"
Exact synonyms: Eat Away, Erode
Generic synonyms: Damage
Specialized synonyms: Wash
Derivative terms: Eroding, Erosion, Erosion, Erosive

16. Verb. Wear away or erode.
Exact synonyms: Eat Away
Generic synonyms: Corrode, Rust

Definition of Fret

1. n. See 1st Frith.

2. v. t. To devour.

3. v. i. To be worn away; to chafe; to fray; as, a wristband frets on the edges.

4. n. The agitation of the surface of a fluid by fermentation or other cause; a rippling on the surface of water.

5. v. t. To ornament with raised work; to variegate; to diversify.

6. n. Ornamental work in relief, as carving or embossing. See Fretwork.

7. n. A saltire interlaced with a mascle.

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

Definition of Fret

1. Initialism. (physics) wikipedia:Förster resonance energy transfer Förster resonance energy transfer ¹

2. Initialism. (physics) fluorescence resonance energy transfer, which is a type of the Förster phenomenon where one or both of the partners in the energy transfer are fluorescent chromophores ¹

3. Verb. (transitive obsolete/poetic) To devour, consume; eat. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive and intransitive) To gnaw, consume, eat away. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To cut through with fretsaw, create fretwork. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To chafe or irritate; to worry. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To worry or be anxious. ¹

8. Verb. (music) To press down the string behind a fret. ¹

9. 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. ¹

10. Noun. An ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief). ¹

11. Noun. A strait; channel. ¹

12. Noun. (dialect North East England) A fog or mist at sea or coming inland from the sea ¹

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Definition of Fret

1. to worry [v FRETTED, FRETTING, FRETS] - See also: worry

Medical Definition of Fret

1. 1. To devour. "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) Origin: OE. Freten to eat, consume; AS. Fretan, for foretan; pref. For- + etan to eat; akin to D. Vreten, OHG. Frezzan, G. Fressen, Sw. Frata, Goth. Fra-itan. See For, and Eat. 1. Ornamental work in relief, as carving or embossing. See Fretwork. 2. 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) 3. The reticulated headdress or net, made of gold or silver wire, in which ladies in the Middle Ages confined their hair. "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. 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. 4. 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fret

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freshwater mussel
freshwater pearl mussel
fret (current term)
fret saw

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