Fret n. [Obs.] See 1st Frith.
Fret v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fretted; p. pr. & vb. n. Fretting.]
1. To devour. [Obs.]
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.
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. --Dryden.
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. 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. 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.
1. Ornamental work in relief, as carving or embossing. See Fretwork.
2. Arch. An ornament consisting of small fillets or slats intersecting each other or bent at right angles, as in classical designs, or at oblique 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. 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.
n 1: agitation resulting from active worry; "don't get in a
stew"; "he's in a sweat about exams" [syn: stew, sweat,
2: a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion [syn:
3: an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and
horizonal lines (often in relief); "there was a simple
fret at the top of the walls" [syn: Greek fret, Greek
key, key pattern]
4: 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
v 1: worry unnecessarily or excessively; "don't fuss too much
over the grandchildren--they are quite big now" [syn: fuss,
2: be agitated or irritated; "don't fret over these small
3: provide (a musical instrument) with frets; "fret a guitar"
4: become or make sore by or as if by rubbing [syn: chafe, gall]
5: cause annoyance in
6: gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The unjustice rankled
her"; "his resentment festered" [syn: eat into, rankle,
7: carve a pattern into
8: decorate with an interlaced design
9: be too tight; rub or press; "This neckband is choking the
cat" [syn: choke, gag]
10: cause friction; "my sweater scratches" [syn: rub, fray,
11: remove soil or rock; "Rain eroded the terraces" [syn: erode,
12: wear away or erode [syn: eat away]
[also: fretting, fretted]