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fretted adj
1 having frets [ant: unfretted]
2 having a pattern of fretwork or latticework [syn: interlaced, latticed, latticelike]fretted See fretfret


1 agitation resulting from active worry; "don't get in a stew"; "he's in a sweat about exams" [syn: stew, sweat, lather, swither]
2 a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion [syn: worn spot]
3 an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizonal lines (often in relief); "there was a simple fret at the top of the walls" [syn: Greek fret, Greek key, key pattern]
4 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


1 worry unnecessarily or excessively; "don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now" [syn: fuss, niggle]
2 be agitated or irritated; "don't fret over these small details"
3 provide (a musical instrument) with frets; "fret a guitar"
4 become or make sore by or as if by rubbing [syn: chafe, gall]
5 cause annoyance in
6 gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The unjustice rankled her"; "his resentment festered" [syn: eat into, rankle, grate]
7 carve a pattern into
8 decorate with an interlaced design
9 be too tight; rub or press; "This neckband is choking the cat" [syn: choke, gag]
10 cause friction; "my sweater scratches" [syn: rub, fray, chafe, scratch]
11 remove soil or rock; "Rain eroded the terraces" [syn: erode, eat away]
12 wear away or erode [syn: eat away] [also: fretting, fretted]

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  1. (of a musical instrument) Having frets.
    Dulcimer, Sitar and Qinqin are all fretted instruments.
  2. decorated with fretwork

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