from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of fret.
  • adj. (of a musical instrument) Having frets.
  • adj. decorated with fretwork

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rubbed or worn away; chafed.
  • Agitated; vexed; worried.
  • Ornamented with fretwork; furnished with frets; variegated; made rough on the surface.
  • Interlaced one with another; -- said of charges and ordinaries.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Adorned with frets or fretwork; exhibiting sunk or raised ornamentation in rectangular forms; having many intersecting groins or ribs.
  • In heraldry, interlaced one with another: said of any charges which can be so combined: as, a chevron fretted with a bar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a pattern of fretwork or latticework
  • adj. having frets


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