Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The fused or partially fused materials used in making glass.
  • n. A vitreous substance used in making porcelain, glazes, or enamels.
  • transitive v. To make into frit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. frightened
  • n. A fused mixture of materials used to make glass
  • v. To add frit to a glass or ceramic mixture

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The material of which glass is made, after having been calcined or partly fused in a furnace, but before vitrification. It is a composition of silex and alkali, occasionally with other ingredients.
  • n. The material for glaze of pottery.
  • transitive v. To prepare by heat (the materials for making glass); to fuse partially.
  • transitive v. To fritter; -- with away.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To decompose and fuse partially, as the ingredients mixed for making glass, before completely fusing at a much higher temperature.
  • n. The material of which glass is made as prepared for complete fusion by a previous calcination carried to a point where the silica begins to act on the bases, forming an imperfectly melted or fritted mass.
  • n. The composition from which artificial soft or tender porcelain and other partly vitrifiable mixtures are made. See soft porcelain, under porcelain.

Etymologies

Italian fritta, from feminine past participle of friggere, to fry, from Latin frīgere, to roast, fry.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In modern French, the term frit is generally reserved for fried potatoes (pommes frites), while fritters are known as beignets.

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  • A frit is a combination of a flux or several fluxes (lead, borax, boric acid, potassium carbonate) that is combined with other insoluble materials (quartz, feldspar, lime etc.), melted in a kiln to form an insoluble glass, and ground to be used as the base for making glazes.

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  • The insulated glass has a silk-screened pattern -- called a frit or fritting -- that reduces solar glare and helps birds identify it as a solid object.

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  • Like Margaret Thatcher with her famous use of the dialect word "frit", Cameron likes to do the common man bit.

    The Guardian World News

  • Small jars filled with sand grain-sized pieces of glass, called frit, line the opposite wall.

    The Vail Trail - All Sections

  • In 2004, with Blair hanging on by his fingertips, I wrote a piece suggesting Brown might not have what it takes to become a leader, and accusing him of being "frit" — a colloquialism of Margaret Thatcher's from her native Lincolnshire that translates loosely as "cowardly."

    Haunted By ‘Courage’

  • If Brown backs away, he's "frit" and Davis can make that point.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • No, Mr Bingham, it is a shame that Tories were so "frit" at the prospect of an election that they rolled out a series of dog whistles like this one, added a soupcon of ridiculous mendacious memory man act, and topped it all off with a sprig of big bad money lies.

    Archive 2007-11-04

  • And, you can be sure that the word "frit" will be used some time in the Commons during the next week.

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  • The mixture is then poured into hot water, and treated with dilute nitric acid till it ceases to effervesce, and the "frit" is then washed in water till the water comes off tasteless.

    Scientific American, Volume XXIV., No. 12, March 18, 1871 A Weekly Journal of Practical Information, Art, Science, Mechanics, Chemistry, and Manufactures.

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  • “The pattern on top of the treads is a baked-on finish, known as a frit, that keeps the surface from being slippery when wet.�?

    The New York Times, Come and Meet Those Stepping Feet, by David W. Dunlap, October 16, 2008

    October 17, 2008

  • In glassmaking, this refers to batch ingredients such as sand and alkali that have partially reacted from heating but have not completely melted. After cooling, frit is ground to a powder and melted. Fritting (or sintering) is the process of making frit.

    November 9, 2007