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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
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fret

An ornament usually in bands, but also covering broad surfaces, consisting of interlocking geometric motifs.
See also: Ornament
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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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The topographical features of the worn surface on Ti-13Nb-13Zr after it was fretted against steel in simulated body fluid solution are presented in Fig 7.
It has 16 members, aged between 16 and 70, who come from all over the Midlands and will take any fretted instrument, including electric ones.
The public has fretted about the cost of care, government has fretted about the cost of care, and, once we invented them, nongovernment third-party payers have fretted about the cost of care.
He pronounces, "Students who obviously do not belong in [the school] setting because they are determined to be antisocial and destructive, and are beyond self-discipline and the capacity to reason, must be swiftly and surgically removed to another type of educational environment, not coddled or fretted over.
Finally, adjust the fifth string until it matches the first string fretted at the fifth fret.
A further 5% fretted about putting on weight, while 2% claimed their biggest fear was going bald.