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fret (>Vietnamese)

n

1: agitation resulting from active worry; "don't get in a stew"; "he's in a sweat about exams" [syn: stew, sweat, lather, swither]

2: a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion [syn: worn spot]

3: an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizonal lines (often in relief); "there was a simple fret at the top of the walls" [syn: Greek fret, Greek key, key pattern]

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

v

1: worry unnecessarily or excessively; "don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now" [syn: fuss, niggle]

2: be agitated or irritated; "don't fret over these small details"

3: provide (a musical instrument) with frets; "fret a guitar"

4: become or make sore by or as if by rubbing [syn: chafe, gall]

5: cause annoyance in

6: gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The unjustice rankled her"; "his resentment festered" [syn: eat into, rankle, grate]

7: carve a pattern into

8: decorate with an interlaced design

9: be too tight; rub or press; "This neckband is choking the cat" [syn: choke, gag]

10: cause friction; "my sweater scratches" [syn: rub, fray, chafe, scratch]

11: remove soil or rock; "Rain eroded the terraces" [syn: erode, eat away]

12: wear away or erode [syn: eat away] [also: fretting, fretted]

Adjacent words: freshwater fish | freshwater limpet | freshwater mussel | Fresnel | Fresnel lens | Fresno | fress | fret | fretful | fretfully | fretfulness | fretsaw | fretted | fretted | fretted | fretting

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