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FRET (fretted, fretting)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fret mean? 

FRET (noun)
  The noun FRET has 4 senses:

1. agitation resulting from active worry
2. a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
3. an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief)
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

  Familiarity information: FRET used as a noun is uncommon.


FRET (verb)
  The verb FRET has 12 senses:

1. worry unnecessarily or excessively
2. be agitated or irritated
3. provide (a musical instrument) with frets
4. become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
5. cause annoyance in
6. gnaw into; make resentful or angry
7. carve a pattern into
8. decorate with an interlaced design
9. be too tight; rub or press
10. cause friction
11. remove soil or rock
12. wear away or erode

  Familiarity information: FRET used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


FRET (noun)


Sense 1fret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Agitation resulting from active worry

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

swither; stew; fret; lather; sweat

Context examples:

don't get in a stew / he's in a sweat about exams

Hypernyms ("fret" is a kind of...):

agitation (a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance)


Sense 2fret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

worn spot; fret

Hypernyms ("fret" is a kind of...):

dapple; fleck; maculation; patch; speckle; spot (a small contrasting part of something)


Sense 3fret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

Greek fret; Greek key; key pattern; fret

Context example:

there was a simple fret at the top of the walls

Hypernyms ("fret" is a kind of...):

architectural ornament ((architecture) something added to a building to improve its appearance)


Sense 4fret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("fret" is a kind of...):

bar (a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon)


FRET (verb)


Sense 1fret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Worry unnecessarily or excessively

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

fret; fuss; niggle

Context example:

don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now

Hypernyms (to "fret" is one way to...):

worry (be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fret"):

scruple (raise scruples)

dither; flap; pother (make a fuss; be agitated)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue fret over the results of the experiment


Sense 2fret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be agitated or irritated

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Context example:

don't fret over these small details

Hypernyms (to "fret" is one way to...):

worry (be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fret"):

dither (act nervously; be undecided; be uncertain)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue fret


Sense 3fret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provide (a musical instrument) with frets

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

fret a guitar

Hypernyms (to "fret" is one way to...):

furnish; provide; render; supply (provide or furnish with)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4fret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

chafe; gall; fret

Hypernyms (to "fret" is one way to...):

irritate (excite to an abnormal condition, of chafe or inflame)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 5fret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause annoyance in

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Hypernyms (to "fret" is one way to...):

annoy; bother; chafe; devil; get at; get to; gravel; irritate; nark; nettle; rag; rile; vex (cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations)

Cause:

fret (be agitated or irritated)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 6fret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Gnaw into; make resentful or angry

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

eat into; rankle; grate; fret

Context examples:

The injustice rankled her / his resentment festered

Hypernyms (to "fret" is one way to...):

annoy; bother; chafe; devil; get at; get to; gravel; irritate; nark; nettle; rag; rile; vex (cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The bad news will fret him


Sense 7fret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Carve a pattern into

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Hypernyms (to "fret" is one way to...):

carve (form by carving)

Domain category:

handicraft (a craft that requires skillful hands)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fret"):

honeycomb (carve a honeycomb pattern into)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 8fret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Decorate with an interlaced design

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Hypernyms (to "fret" is one way to...):

adorn; beautify; decorate; embellish; grace; ornament (make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 9fret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be too tight; rub or press

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

choke; gag; fret

Context example:

This neckband is choking the cat

Hypernyms (to "fret" is one way to...):

compact; compress; constrict; contract; press; squeeze (squeeze or press together)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 10fret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause friction

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

scratch; rub; fray; chafe; fret

Context example:

my sweater scratches

Hypernyms (to "fret" is one way to...):

adjoin; contact; meet; touch (be in direct physical contact with; make contact)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Something ----s somebody


Sense 11fret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove soil or rock

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

eat away; erode; fret

Context example:

Rain eroded the terraces

Hypernyms (to "fret" is one way to...):

damage (inflict damage upon)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fret"):

wash (form by erosion)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 12fret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Wear away or erode

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

eat away; fret

Hypernyms (to "fret" is one way to...):

corrode; rust (become destroyed by water, air, or an etching chemical such as an acid)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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