- [noun] agitation resulting from active worry; "don't get in a stew"; "he's in a sweat about exams"
Synonyms: stew, sweat, lather, swither
- [noun] a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
Synonyms: worn spot
- [noun] an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizonal lines (often in relief); "there was a simple fret at the top of the walls"
Synonyms: Greek Greek key, key pattern
- [noun] 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
- [verb] worry unnecessarily or excessively; "don't fuss too much over the grandchildren
Synonyms: fuss, niggle
- [verb] be agitated or irritated; "don't fret over these small details"
- [verb] provide (a musical instrument) with frets; "fret a guitar"
- [verb] become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
Synonyms: chafe, gall
- [verb] cause annoyance in
- [verb] gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The unjustice rankled her"; "his resentment festered"
Synonyms: eat into, rankle, grate
- [verb] carve a pattern into
- [verb] decorate with an interlaced design
- [verb] be too tight; rub or press; "This neckband is choking the cat"
Synonyms: choke, gag
- [verb] cause friction; "my sweater scratches"
Synonyms: rub, fray, chafe, scratch
- [verb] remove soil or rock; "Rain eroded the terraces"
Synonyms: erode, eat away
- [verb] wear away or erode
Synonyms: eat away