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fret

1
the result of fretting; corrosion

fret

2
any of several small metal bars set across the fingerboard of a musical instrument of the lute, guitar, or viol family at various points along its length so as to produce the desired notes when the strings are stopped by the fingers

fret

An ornament usually in bands, but also covering broad surfaces, consisting of interlocking geometric motifs.
See also: Ornament

fret

1. An ornament, sometimes painted, incised, or raised and formed of short fillets, bands, or reglets variously combined, frequently consisting of continuous lines arranged in rectangular forms; a meander; a Greek key.
2. Similar ornamentation in which the fillets intersect at oblique angles, as often in Oriental designs.
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But I don't see any reason to be fretful at the moment.
No longer, however, will he remain among the ranks of sorely neglected writers as finally a large quantity of information about his life can be found in one place: Paul Millar's excellent biography, No Fretful Sleeper.
Enticing fretful bag ladies beyond the unprepossessing frontage up to a luminous haven of luxury leather goods was Heatherwick's principal design challenge, and he has risen to the occasion with characteristic aplomb.
Recommended during the 19th century for almost any ailment, it was often used to calm fretful infants and children.
There the common sense of most shall hold a fretful realm in awe And the kindly earth shall slumber, lapt in universal law.
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When he was first elected, some Republican strategists--as well as fretful Democrats--thought Schwarzenegger's centrist approach, enticing to voters of both parties, might represent the future of an even more dominant national GOP.
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That love poetry fairly twitched with the tensions of a society built on arranged marriages of convenience should cause no surprise; but it is startling to see the adulatory and fretful language of lov e lyrics reappear so exactly in the laments of clients snubbed by their patrons, or in petitions addressed to virgin saints.
Butterflies get very fretful But not too xxxxxx when you have a xxxxxx.