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fret

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verb \ˈfret\

Definition of fret

fretted

fretting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 2 :  to cause to suffer emotional strain :  vex

  4. 3 :  to pass (as time) in fretting

  5. 4 :  agitate, ripple

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 a :  to eat into something b :  to affect something as if by gnawing or biting :  grate

  8. 2 a :  wear, corrode b :  chafe c :  fray 1

  9. 3 a :  to become vexed or worried b of running water :  to become agitated



Origin and Etymology 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


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fret

noun

Definition of fret

  1. 1 a :  the action of wearing away :  erosion b :  a worn or eroded spot

  2. 2 :  an agitation of mind :  irritation



15th Century

First Known Use of fret

15th century


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fret

verb

Definition of fret

fretted

fretting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to decorate with interlaced designs b :  to form a pattern upon

  3. 2 :  to enrich with embossed or carved patterns



Origin and Etymology 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


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fret

noun

Definition of fret

  1. 1 :  an ornamental network; especially :  a medieval metallic or jeweled net for a woman's headdress

  2. 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

14th Century

First Known Use of fret

14th century


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fret

noun

Definition of fret

  1. :  one of a series of ridges fixed across the fingerboard of a stringed musical instrument (as a guitar)

fretless

adjective

fretted

adjective


Origin and Etymology of fret

perhaps from Middle French frete ferrule, from freter


First Known Use: circa 1500


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fret

verb

Definition of fret

fretted

fretting

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



1602

First Known Use of fret

1602


FRET Defined for Kids

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fret

play
verb \ˈfret\

Definition of fret for Students

fretted

fretting

  1. :  1worry 1 <… it was a thing which could not be helped, so I seldom fretted about it … — Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee>




2

fret

play
noun

Definition of fret for Students

  1. :  an irritated or worried state





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