(Fret) n. [F. frette a saltire, also a hoop, ferrule, prob. a dim. of L. ferrum iron. For sense 2, cf.
also E. fret to rub.]
1. (Her.) A saltire interlaced with a mascle.
2. (Mus.) A short piece of wire, or other material fixed across the finger board of a guitar or a similar
instrument, to indicate where the finger is to be placed.
(Fret), v. t. To furnish with frets, as an instrument of music.
(Fret"ful) a. [See 2d Fret.] Disposed to fret; ill-humored; peevish; angry; in a state of vexation; as,
a fretful temper. Fret"ful*ly, adv. Fret"ful*ness, n.
Syn. Peevish; ill-humored; ill-natured; irritable; waspish; captious; petulant; splenetic; spleeny; passionate; angry. - -
Fretful, Peevish, Cross. These words all indicate an unamiable working and expression of temper.
Peevish marks more especially the inward spirit: a peevish man is always ready to find fault. Fretful
points rather to the outward act, and marks a complaining impatience: sickly children are apt to be fretful.
Crossness is peevishness mingled with vexation or anger.
(Frett) n. [See 2d Fret.] (Mining) The worn side of the bank of a river. See 4th Fret, n., 4.
(Frett), n. [See Frit.] A vitreous compound, used by potters in glazing, consisting of lime, silica,
borax, lead, and soda.
(Fret"ted) p. p. & a. [From 2d Fret.]
1. Rubbed or worn away; chafed.
2. Agitated; vexed; worried.
(Fret"ted), p. p. & a. [See 5th Fret.]
1. Ornamented with fretwork; furnished with frets; variegated; made rough on the surface.
2. (Her.) Interlaced one with another; said of charges and ordinaries.
(Fret"ten) a. [The old p. p. of fret to rub.] Rubbed; marked; as, pock-fretten, marked with the
smallpox. [Obs.] Wright.
(Fret"ter) n. One who, or that which, frets.
(Fret"ty), a. [See 5th Fret.] Adorned with fretwork.
(||Fre"tum) n.; pl. Freta [L.] A strait, or arm of the sea.