Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Ornamental work consisting of three-dimensional frets; geometric openwork.
  • noun Such ornamental work represented two dimensionally by chiaroscuro.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Ornamental work consisting of a series or combination of frets; ornamental work with interlacing parts; especially, work in which the design is formed by perforation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Work adorned with frets; ornamental openwork or work in relief, esp. when elaborate and minute in its parts. Hence, any minute play of light and shade, dark and light, or the like.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun ornamental woodwork either carved in low relief or cut through with a fretsaw

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

  • noun framework consisting of an ornamental design made of strips of wood or metal

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Examples

  • The walls apparently were hewn from black rock, and at regular intervals, placed some three feet from these gleaming walls, uprose slender golden pillars supporting a kind of fretwork arch which entirely masked the ceiling.

    The Yellow Claw

  • His metrical movements are full of the same joy in "fretwork" effects -- verse-rhythm and sense-rhythm constantly crossing where the reader expects them to coincide. [

    Robert Browning

  • Or is it like lacy fretwork - tracery bracket & buzz saw

    Many Morning

  • Brand New, DaisyFive kids from Long Island have a many appropriate Modest Mouse manuscript since The Lonesome Crowded West, a sawing, slurring, snarling thing, full of sufficient rootless fretwork as good as perplexed melodies to give Isaac Brock pause.

    Archive 2009-12-01

  • In Xizhou, the Lindens worked with party officials to secure something rarely accorded foreigners: the right to use a “Class A” historical relic and restore it — its tiling, wooden arches and fretwork, painted murals.

    Village Dreamers

  • Though he is embraced as a guitar hero by fans of experimental fretwork, Mr. Sharp also records traditional blues (with the band Terraplane), writes for chamber groups and brassy big bands (Orchestra Carbon), throws in with electronic ensembles (such as the collaborative Bootstrappers), leads a 13-member guitar army (the All-Guitar SyndaKit) and joins creative sidekicks in hybrid projects that employ music, text and images.

    The 'East Village Nosferatu' Haunts Brooklyn

  • Brand New, DaisyFive kids from Long Island have a many appropriate Modest Mouse manuscript since The Lonesome Crowded West, a sawing, slurring, snarling thing, full of sufficient rootless fretwork as good as perplexed melodies to give Isaac Brock pause.

    The Best Albums Of 2009, In Bigger Than The Sound | Industry Fokery

  • In Xizhou, the Lindens worked with party officials to secure something rarely accorded foreigners: the right to use a “Class A” historical relic and restore it — its tiling, wooden arches and fretwork, painted murals.

    Village Dreamers

  • But the Smithsonian quickly realized that there are downsides to owning a fragile, 100-year-old wooden structure dripping with ornamental fretwork.

    After some haggling, a piece of American history heads back home

  • You contemplate the fretwork of your hand—the thin genetic thread that divides you from your simian predecessors, from the lone gunman on a turreted roof.

    The Gunman and the Ape

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  • Hey c_b, is this related to preworrying?

    July 16, 2008

  • Crikey, it may as well be. That's what I think of whenever I see it. :)

    July 16, 2008