fret

fret
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1. worry, agonize, writhe, lose sleep over, stay awake nights, Inf. stew; pout, frown, sulk, brood over or on, mope; complain, fuss, gripe, grumble, croak, find fault, make a fuss about, whine, Inf. grouse, Sl. squawk, Archaic. pine; chafe, fume, rage, storm, rant, rave, go on, Inf. carry on.
2. agitate, roil, anger, enrage, infuriate, inflame, rile, pique; arouse, excite, provoke, goad, spur, prod, nag; exasperate, aggravate, exascerbate, irritate, rankle, rub the wrong way; annoy, vex, irk, peeve, gall, nettle, tease; harass, harry, plague, torture, torment, trouble; hector, pester, badger, Archaic. haggle; bother, disturb, shake, ruffle, fluster.
3. corrode, gnaw, eat into or away, consume, devour, rust, Both Chem. oxidize, oxidate; erode, wear down or away, waste away; abrade, grate, fray, Inf. frazzle, wear, deteriorate, degenerate, canker.
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4. worry, agitation, exasperation, aggravation; annoyance, irritation, vexation, chagrin, peevishness, harassment.
5. erosion, eroding, wearing down or away, washing away; wearing, wear and tear, deterioration, deteriorating, dilapidation, degeneration, degenerating; corrosion, corroding, rusting, Both. Chem. oxidation, oxidizing; gnawing, fretting, eating into or away, consumption, consuming, devouring.
6. erosion, fray, Inf. frazzle, rub; abrasion, scrape, graze, scratch, scuff, sore, Both Pathol. canker, ulcer.
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1. fretwork, Greek key, arabesque, an-themion, honeysuckle ornament, meanders, coquil-lage, tracery.
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2. ornament, decorate, embellish; diversify, variegate.

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  • fret — fret …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • fret — [ frɛ(t) ] n. m. • XIIIe; néerl. vrecht 1 ♦ Prix du transport des marchandises par mer, et par ext. par air ou par route. ♢ Prix de location d un navire. ⇒ nolis. 2 ♦ Loc. À FRET : en louant le bâtiment servant au transport des marchandises.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Fret — (fr[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fretted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fretting}.] [OE. freten to eat, consume; AS. fretan, for foretan; pref. for + etan to eat; akin to D. vreten, OHG. frezzan, G. fressen, Sw. fr[ a]ta, Goth. fra itan. See {For}, and {Eat} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fret — Fret, n. 1. Ornamental work in relief, as carving or embossing. See {Fretwork}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Arch.) An ornament consisting of small fillets or slats intersecting each other or bent at right angles, as in classical designs, or at oblique… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fret — fret1 [fret] vt. fretted, fretting [ME freten < OE fretan, to devour, akin to Ger fressen, Goth fra itan < Gmc prefix * fra (OE for : see FOR ) + * itan, to eat (OE etan: see EAT)] 1. to eat away; gnaw 2. to wear away by gnawing, rubbing,… …   English World dictionary

  • Fret — Fret, n. 1. The agitation of the surface of a fluid by fermentation or other cause; a rippling on the surface of water. Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. Agitation of mind marked by complaint and impatience; disturbance of temper; irritation; as, he… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fret — Ⅰ. fret [1] ► VERB (fretted, fretting) 1) be constantly or visibly anxious. 2) gradually wear away by rubbing or gnawing. ► NOUN chiefly Brit. ▪ a state of anxiety. ORIGIN Old …   English terms dictionary

  • Fret — Fret, v. t. [OE. fretten to adorn, AS. fr[ae]twan, fr[ae]twian; akin to OS. fratah[=o]n, cf. Goth. us fratwjan to make wise, also AS. fr[ae]twe ornaments, OS. fratah[=i] adornment.] To ornament with raised work; to variegate; to diversify. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fret — Fret, n. [F. frette a saltire, also a hoop, ferrule, prob. a dim. of L. ferrum iron. For sense 2, cf. also E. fret to rub.] 1. (Her.) A saltire interlaced with a mascle. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) A short piece of wire, or other material fixed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fret — kann mehrere Bedeutungen haben. der Geschäftsbereich des Güterbahnverkehrs der französischen Staatsbahn SNCF Bund, ein Element von Saiteninstrumenten, wird auch fret genannt. dazu: Frets on Fire fretless Förster Resonanzenergietransfer oder auch… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • fret — [v1] worry, be annoyed affront, agonize, anguish, bleed, bother, brood, carp, carry a heavy load*, chafe, chagrin, distress oneself, eat one’s heart out*, fume, fuss, get into a dither*, grieve, lose sleep over*, mope*, pother*, stew, sweat it… …   New thesaurus

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