(Scotland) A superstitious object or obvservance; a charm, an omen.
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- He was a toad, a worm, a freit – not fit for human company.
From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) .
To devour, consume; eat.
* (rfdate)— Piers Ploughman.
- Adam freet of that fruit, And forsook the love of our Lord.
(transitive, and, intransitive) To gnaw, consume, eat away.
To be worn away; to chafe; to fray.
- Many wheals arose, and fretted one into another with great excoriation.
To cut through with fretsaw, create fretwork.
To chafe or irritate; to worry.
To worry or be anxious.
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- A wristband frets on the edges.
Mr. Pratt's Patients
, passage=Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. […] When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret
about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.}}
To be vexed; to be chafed or irritated; to be angry; to utter peevish expressions.
*:Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
To make rough, agitate, or disturb; to cause to ripple.
- He frets , he fumes, he stares, he stamps the ground.
To be agitated; to be in violent commotion; to rankle.
- to fret the surface of water
(music) To press down the string behind a fret.
To ornament with raised work; to variegate; to diversify.
- Rancour frets in the malignant breast.
- whose skirt with gold was fretted all about
- Yon grey lines, / That fret the clouds, are messengers of day.
The agitation of the surface of a fluid by fermentation or other cause; a rippling on the surface of water.
Agitation of mind marked by complaint and impatience; disturbance of temper; irritation.
- He keeps his mind in a continual fret .
- Yet then did Dennis rave in furious fret .
(mining, in the plural) The worn sides of river banks, where ores, or stones containing them, accumulate by being washed down from the hills, and thus indicate to the miners the locality of the veins.
From (etyl) < (etyl), from the verb (m).
(music) One of the pieces of metal/wood/plastic across the neck of a guitar or other musical instrument that marks note positions for fingering.
An ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief).
(heraldiccharge) A saltire interlaced with a mascle.
- His lady's cabinet is adorned on the fret , ceiling, and chimney-piece with carving.
(dialectal, North East England) A fog or mist at sea or coming inland from the sea.