"frets" in the noun sense
1. fret, stew, sweat, lather, swither
agitation resulting from active worry
"don't get in a stew"
"he's in a sweat about exams"
2. worn spot, fret
a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
3. fret, Greek fret, Greek key, key pattern
an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief
"there was a simple fret at the top of the walls"
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
"frets" in the verb sense
1. fuss, niggle, fret
worry unnecessarily or excessively
"don't fuss too much over the grandchildren
be agitated or irritated
"don't fret over these small details"
provide (a musical instrument) with frets
"fret a guitar"
4. chafe, gall, fret
become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
cause annoyance in
6. eat into, fret, rankle, grate
gnaw into make resentful or angry
"The injustice rankled her"
"his resentment festered"
carve a pattern into
decorate with an interlaced design
9. choke, gag, fret
be too tight rub or press
"This neckband is choking the cat"
10. rub, fray, fret, chafe, scratch
"my sweater scratches"
11. erode, eat away, fret
remove soil or rock
"Rain eroded the terraces"
12. fret, eat away
wear away or erode
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