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Meaning of fret

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

  fret
      n 1: agitation resulting from active worry; "don't get in a
           stew"; "he's in a sweat about exams" [syn: {fret}, {stew},
           {sweat}, {lather}, {swither}]
      2: a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion [syn:
         {worn spot}, {fret}]
      3: an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and
         horizontal lines (often in relief); "there was a simple fret
         at the top of the walls" [syn: {fret}, {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}, {fret}]
      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}, {fret}]
      5: cause annoyance in
      6: gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The injustice rankled
         her"; "his resentment festered" [syn: {eat into}, {fret},
         {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}, {fret}]
      10: cause friction; "my sweater scratches" [syn: {rub}, {fray},
          {fret}, {chafe}, {scratch}]
      11: remove soil or rock; "Rain eroded the terraces" [syn:
          {erode}, {eat away}, {fret}]
      12: wear away or erode [syn: {fret}, {eat away}]


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