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  Definition of fret
  1. 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
  2. an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizonal lines (often in relief); "there was a simple fret at the top of the walls"
  3. a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
  4. agitation resulting from active worry; "don''t get in a stew"; "he''s in a sweat about exams"
  5. wear away or erode
  6. remove soil or rock; "Rain eroded the terraces"
  7. cause friction; "my sweater scratches"
  8. be too tight; rub or press; "This neckband is choking the cat"
  9. decorate with an interlaced design
  10. carve a pattern into
  11. be agitated or irritated; "don''t fret over these small details"
  12. gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The unjustice rankled her"; "his resentment festered"
  13. cause annoyance in
  14. worry unnecessarily or excessively; "don''t fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now"
  15. become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
  16. provide (a musical instrument) with frets; "fret a guitar"
Similar Words: Greek fret, Greek key, key pattern, worn spot, stew, sweat, lather, swither, eat away, erode, rub, fray, chafe, scratch, choke, gag, eat into, rankle, grate, fuss, niggle, gall

 

Hyponyms: wash, honeycomb, dither, scruple, flap, pother

 

Derivational Morphology: chafe, gall, grizzle, brood, stew, fuss, niggle, erosion, eroding, eating away, wearing, wearing away, abrasion, scratch, scrape, excoriation, friction, rubbing, choker, collar, dog collar, neckband, ruff, ruffle, neck ruff, Greek fret, Greek key, key pattern, sweat, lather, swither, dither, pother, tizzy, flap, worn spot, saddle sore

 

Anagrams: tref

 

 
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