Definitions of fret

  1. To be worn away; to eat or wear into; to be agitated; to be chafed or irritated; to utter peevish expressions.
  2. To devour.
  3. 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. To make rough, agitate, or disturb; to cause to ripple; as, to fret the surface of water.
  5. To tease; to irritate; to vex.
  6. To ornament with raised work; to variegate; to diversify.
  7. To furnish with frets, as an instrument of music.
  8. To wear away by rubbing: to eat into: to vex.
  9. To ornament with raised- work: to variegate:- pr. p. fretting; pa. p. fretted.
  10. To furnish with frets.
  11. To corrode; chafe; vex.
  12. To ornament with raised work.
  13. To wear or eat away; irritate; worry; vex; agitate.
  14. To ornament as with fretwork.
  15. To be worn away; to chafe; to fray; as, a wristband frets on the edges.
  16. To eat in; to make way by corrosion.
  17. To be agitated; to be in violent commotion; to rankle; as, rancor frets in the malignant breast.
  18. To be vexed; to be chafed or irritated; to be angry; to utter peevish expressions.
  19. To wear away by friction or by rubbing; injure by rubbing; agitate; vex; irritate; make rough on the surface; ornament with raised or interlaced work.
  20. To be worn away by friction or corrosion; be agitated or irritated; utter peevish complaints.
  21. To wear away: to vex one's self: to be peevish:- pr. p. fretting; pa. p. fretted.
  22. To wear away; be peevish or unhappy.
  23. wear away or erode
  24. decorate with an interlaced design
  25. carve a pattern into
  26. cause annoyance in
  27. To be worn away.
  28. To complain; be agitated.
  29. To wear away by friction; to wear away, so as to impair; to eat into; to irritate; to chafe; to gall; to agitate; to make rough; to cause to ripple; to form into or ornament with raised work; to variegate; to provide with frets.
  30. To wear away by rubbing; to be peevish and irritable; to be vexed; to irritate; to vex: to make rough on the surface.
  31. In her. and arch., to ornament by interlacing bars or fillets.
  32. Fretting.
  33. 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
  34. an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizonal lines ( often in relief); " there was a simple fret at the top of the walls"
  35. a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
  36. be agitated or irritated; " don't fret over these small details"
  37. worry unnecessarily or excessively; " don't fuss too much over the grandchildren-- they are quite big now"
  38. provide ( a musical instrument) with frets; " fret a guitar"
  39. The agitation of the surface of a fluid by fermentation or other cause; a rippling on the surface of water.
  40. Agitation of mind marked by complaint and impatience; disturbance of temper; irritation; as, he keeps his mind in a continual fret.
  41. Herpes; tetter.
  42. 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.
  43. Ornamental work in relief, as carving or embossing. See Fretwork.
  44. 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.
  45. The reticulated headdress or net, made of gold or silver wire, in which ladies in the Middle Ages confined their hair.
  46. A saltire interlaced with a mascle.
  47. 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.
  48. An ornament formed by small bands crossing each other at right angles; perforated or interlaced ornamental work; chafing or irritation; a small ridge or bar on the keyboard of certain stringed instruments, such as the guitar.
  49. Agitation of the surface of a liquid: irritation: ill- humor.
  50. Pa. p. of FRET, to wear away.
  51. The worn side of the bank of a river.
  52. The interlacing of bars or fillets of iron: ( arch.) an ornament consisting of small fillets intersecting each other at right angles: ( her.) bars crossed and interlaced.
  53. A short wire on the fingerboard of a guitar or other instrument.
  54. Irritation; worry.
  55. The act of fretting; irritation; agitation.
  56. Ornament in relief. fretwork.
  57. A bar on a musical instrument, as a guitar, against which the strings may be stopped.
  58. Agitation of the surface of a fluid; a rippling on the surface; irritation; vexation; the worn side of a river bank; a chafing of the skin; herpes; an ornament consisting of small fillets intersecting each other at right angles; a short wire fixed on the finger- board of guitars, & c, under and at right angles to the strings; bars crossed and interlaced.
  59. Agitation of mind.
  60. Ornamented work in embroidery or carving.
  61. Small bands or fillets interlacing each other at right angles.
  62. Fretted.