fret

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1fret

verb \ˈfret\
fret·tedfret·ting

Definition of FRET

transitive verb
1
a :  to eat or gnaw into :  corrode; also :  fray
b :  rub, chafe
c :  to make by wearing away a substance <the stream fretted a channel>
2
:  to cause to suffer emotional strain :  vex
3
:  to pass (as time) in fretting
4
intransitive verb
1
a :  to eat into something
b :  to affect something as if by gnawing or biting :  grate
2
a :  wear, corrode
b :  chafe
c :  fray 1
3
a :  to become vexed or worried
b of running water :  to become agitated

Origin of FRET

Middle English, to devour, fret, from Old English fretan to devour; akin to Old High German frezzan to devour, ezzan to eat — more at eat
First Known Use: 12th century

Rhymes with FRET

2fret

noun

Definition of FRET

1
a :  the action of wearing away :  erosion
b :  a worn or eroded spot
2
:  an agitation of mind :  irritation

First Known Use of FRET

15th century

3fret

verb
fret·tedfret·ting

Definition of FRET

transitive verb
1
a :  to decorate with interlaced designs
b :  to form a pattern upon
2
:  to enrich with embossed or carved patterns

Origin of FRET

Middle English, back-formation from fret, fretted adorned, interwoven, from Anglo-French fretté, past participle of fretter to tie, probably from Vulgar Latin *firmitare, from Latin firmus firm
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato

4fret

noun

Definition of FRET

1
:  an ornamental network; especially :  a medieval metallic or jeweled net for a woman's headdress
2
:  an ornament or ornamental work often in relief consisting of small straight bars intersecting one another in right or oblique angles

Illustration of FRET

First Known Use of FRET

14th century

5fret

noun

Definition of FRET

:  one of a series of ridges fixed across the fingerboard of a stringed musical instrument (as a guitar)
fret·less adjective
fret·ted adjective

Origin of FRET

perhaps from Middle French frete ferrule, from freter
First Known Use: circa 1500

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

6fret

verb
fret·tedfret·ting

Definition of FRET

transitive verb
:  to press (the strings of a stringed instrument) against the frets

First Known Use of FRET

1602

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

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