A fret is a raised element on the neck of a stringed instrument. Frets usually extend across the full width of the neck. On most modern western fretted instruments, frets are metal strips inserted into the fingerboard. On some historical instruments and non-European instruments, frets are made of pieces of string tied around the neck.

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  1. The agitation of the surface of a fluid by fermentation or other cause; a rippling on the surface of water.
  2. Agitation of mind marked by complaint and impatience; disturbance of temper; irritation.
    He keeps his mind in a continual fret.
  3. Herpes; tetter.
  4. 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.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. One of the pieces of metal/wood/plastic across the neck of a guitar or other musical instrument that marks note positions for fingering.
  2. An ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief).
  3. A saltire interlaced with a mascle.

Noun (etymology 3)

  1. A strait; channel.

Noun (etymology 4)

  1. A fog or mist at sea or coming inland from the sea.


  1. To devour, consume; eat.
  2. To gnaw, consume, eat away.
  3. To be worn away; to chafe; to fray.
    A wristband frets on the edges.
  4. To cut through with fretsaw, create fretwork.
  5. To chafe or irritate; to worry.
  6. To worry or be anxious.
  7. To be vexed; to be chafed or irritated; to be angry; to utter peevish expressions.
  8. To make rough, agitate, or disturb; to cause to ripple.
    to fret the surface of water
  9. To be agitated; to be in violent commotion; to rankle.
    Rancour frets in the malignant breast.
  10. To press down the string behind a fret.
  11. To ornament with raised work; to variegate; to diversify.

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