fret

fret
fret
fret1 [fret]
vt.
fretted, fretting [ME freten < OE fretan, to devour, akin to Ger fressen, Goth fra-itan < Gmc prefix * fra- (OE for-: see FOR-) + * itan, to eat (OE etan: see EAT)]
1. to eat away; gnaw
2. to wear away by gnawing, rubbing, corroding, etc.
3. to make or form by wearing away
4. to make rough; disturb [wind fretting the water]
5. to irritate; vex; annoy; worry
vi.
1. to gnaw (into, on, or upon)
2. to become eaten, corroded, worn, frayed, etc.
3. to become rough or disturbed
4. to be irritated, annoyed, or querulous; worry
n.
1. a wearing away
2. a worn place
3. irritation; worry
fretter
n.
fret2 [fret]
n.
[ME frette, prob. merging of OFr frete (Fr frette), interlaced work, with OE frætwa, ornament (> ? OFr frete)]
1. an ornamental net or network, esp. one formerly worn by women as a headdress
2. an ornamental pattern of small, straight bars intersecting or joining one another, usually at right angles, to form a regular design, as for a border or in an architectural relief
vt.
fretted, fretting
to ornament with a fret
fret3 [fret]
n.
[OFr frette, a band, ferrule]
any of several narrow, lateral ridges fixed across the fingerboard of a banjo, guitar, mandolin, etc. to regulate the fingering
vt.
fretted, fretting
1. to furnish with frets
2. to press the strings (of a banjo, etc.) against the frets
fretless
adj.

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  • fret — [ frɛ(t) ] n. m. • XIIIe; néerl. vrecht 1 ♦ Prix du transport des marchandises par mer, et par ext. par air ou par route. ♢ Prix de location d un navire. ⇒ nolis. 2 ♦ Loc. À FRET : en louant le bâtiment servant au transport des marchandises.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Fret — (fr[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fretted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fretting}.] [OE. freten to eat, consume; AS. fretan, for foretan; pref. for + etan to eat; akin to D. vreten, OHG. frezzan, G. fressen, Sw. fr[ a]ta, Goth. fra itan. See {For}, and {Eat} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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