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fret 1  (frt)
v. fret·ted, fret·ting, frets
1. To cause to be uneasy; vex: fret thy soul with crosses and with cares (Edmund Spenser).
a. To gnaw or wear away; erode.
b. To produce a hole or worn spot in; corrode. See Synonyms at chafe.
3. To form (a passage or channel) by erosion.
4. To disturb the surface of (water or a stream); agitate.
1. To be vexed or troubled; worry. See Synonyms at brood.
2. To be worn or eaten away; become corroded.
3. To move agitatedly.
4. To gnaw with the teeth in the manner of a rodent.
1. The act or an instance of fretting.
2. A hole or worn spot made by abrasion or erosion.
3. Irritation of mind; agitation.

[Middle English freten, from Old English fretan, to devour; see ed- in Indo-European roots.]

fret 2  (frt)
One of several ridges set across the fingerboard of a stringed instrument, such as a guitar.
tr.v. fret·ted, fret·ting, frets
1. To provide with frets.
2. To press (the strings of an instrument) against the frets.

[Origin unknown.]

fret 3  (frt)
1. An ornamental design consisting of repeated and symmetrical geometric figures, often in relief, contained within a band or border. Also called key pattern.
2. A headdress, worn by women of the Middle Ages, consisting of interlaced wire.
tr.v. fret·ted, fret·ting, frets
To provide with such a design or headdress.

[Middle English, interlaced work, from Old French frete.]

fret  /frt/  v. [I] fretted, fretting, frets to worry, express anxiety: She fretted when her children came home late from school. fret

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