|1.||[ verb ] worry unnecessarily or excessively|
"don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now"
|Related terms:||worry dither scruple|
|2.||[ verb ] be agitated or irritated|
"don't fret over these small details"
|Related terms:||worry shiver dither|
|3.||[ verb ] remove soil or rock, as of wind or water|
"Rain eroded the terraces"
|Related terms:||damage wash erosion|
|4.||[ verb ] cause friction|
|Synonyms:||scratch rub chafe fray|
"my sweater scratches"
|Related terms:||touch abrasion|
|5.||[ noun ] agitation resulting from active worry|
|Synonyms:||sweat lather swither stew|
"don't get in a stew" "he's in a sweat about exams"
|Related terms:||agitation sulk|
|6.||[ verb ] be too tight; rub or press|
"This neckband is choking the cat"
|Related terms:||compress choker|
|7.||[ verb ] carve a pattern into|
|Related terms:||carve honeycomb handicraft|
|8.||[ verb ] decorate with an interlaced design|
|9.||[ verb ] gnaw into; make resentful or angry|
|Synonyms:||eat_into rankle grate|
"The unjustice rankled her" "his resentment festered"
|10.||[ verb ] cause annoyance in|
|11.||[ verb ] wear away or erode|
|12.||[ verb ] become or make sore by or as if by rubbing|
|Related terms:||irritate chafe|
|13.||[ noun ] (architecture) an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizonal lines (often in relief)|
|Synonyms:||greek_key key_pattern greek_fret|
"there was a simple fret at the top of the walls"
|14.||[ noun ] a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion|
|Related terms:||spot chafe|
|15.||[ verb ] provide (a musical instrument) with frets|
"fret a guitar"
|16.||[ noun ] (music) 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|