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Definition 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 - [noun denoting artifact]

(fret is a kind of ...) a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon

"there were bars in the windows to prevent escape"

Definition 2: an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief) - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where fret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there was a simple fret at the top of the walls

Synonyms for fret in the sense of this definition

(fret is a kind of ...) (architecture) something added to a building to improve its appearance

Definition 3: a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for fret in the sense of this definition

(fret is a kind of ...) a small contrasting part of something

"a bald spot" "a leopard's spots" "a patch of clouds" "patches of thin ice" "a fleck of red"

Definition 4: agitation resulting from active worry - [noun denoting state]

Samples where fret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for fret in the sense of this definition

(fret is a kind of ...) a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance

Definition 5: wear away or erode - [verb of change]

Synonyms for fret in the sense of this definition

(fret is a kind of ...) become destroyed by water, air, or a corrosive such as an acid

"The metal corroded" "The pipes rusted"

Definition 6: remove soil or rock - [verb of change]

Samples where fret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Rain eroded the terraces

Synonyms for fret in the sense of this definition

(fret is a kind of ...) inflict damage upon

"The snow damaged the roof" "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"

(... is a kind of fret ) form by erosion

"The river washed a ravine into the mountainside"

Definition 7: cause friction - [verb of contact]

Samples where fret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • my sweater scratches

Synonyms for fret in the sense of this definition

(fret is a kind of ...) be in direct physical contact with; make contact

"The two buildings touch" "Their hands touched" "The wire must not contact the metal cover" "The surfaces contact at this point"

Definition 8: be too tight; rub or press - [verb of contact]

Samples where fret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This neckband is choking the cat

Synonyms for fret in the sense of this definition

(fret is a kind of ...) squeeze or press together

"she compressed her lips" "the spasm contracted the muscle"

Definition 9: decorate with an interlaced design - [verb of creation]

(fret is a kind of ...) make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

"Decorate the room for the party" "beautify yourself for the special day"

Definition 10: carve a pattern into - [verb of creation]

(fret is a kind of ...) form by carving

"Carve a flower from the ice"

(... is a kind of fret ) carve a honeycomb pattern into

"The cliffs were honeycombed"

(fret belongs to category ...) a craft that requires skillful hands

Definition 11: be agitated or irritated - [verb of emotion]

Samples where fret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • don't fret over these small details

(fret is a kind of ...) be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy

"I worry about my job"

(... is a kind of fret ) act nervously; be undecided; be uncertain

Definition 12: cause annoyance in - [verb of emotion]

(fret is a kind of ...) cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

"Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me" "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

(fret causes ...) be agitated or irritated

"don't fret over these small details"

Definition 13: gnaw into; make resentful or angry - [verb of emotion]

Samples where fret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The injustice rankled her
  • his resentment festered

Synonyms for fret in the sense of this definition

(fret is a kind of ...) cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

"Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me" "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

Definition 14: worry unnecessarily or excessively - [verb of emotion]

Samples where fret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for fret in the sense of this definition

(fret is a kind of ...) be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy

"I worry about my job"

(... is a kind of fret ) raise scruples

"He lied and did not even scruple about it"

(... is a kind of fret ) make a fuss; be agitated

Definition 15: become or make sore by or as if by rubbing - [verb of perception]

Synonyms for fret in the sense of this definition

(fret is a kind of ...) excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame

"Aspirin irritates my stomach"

Definition 16: provide (a musical instrument) with frets - [verb of possession]

Samples where fret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fret a guitar

(fret is a kind of ...) give something useful or necessary to

"We provided the room with an electrical heater"

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