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Fret appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • No gnu have never after fret far, even Eva hung on.
  • No, Geronimo, deer fret over a rare voter freedom in Oregon.
  • If I fret far, even a model Liberia zaps a Nigerian in ebony by no Benin air (e.g. in a spa); Zaire billed Oman ever after, Fifi.
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The word fret is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun fret

What does fret mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: frets

  1. agitation resulting from active worry
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of fret: lather / stew / sweat / swither
    • more generic word: agitation = a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
  2. a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
  3. an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief)
  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
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: bar = a rigid piece of metal or wood

Alternative definition of the noun fret


  1. [music] One of the pieces of metal/wood/plastic across the neck of a guitar or other musical instrument that marks note positions for fingering.
  2. An ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief).
  3. A strait; channel.
  4. [dialect, North East England] A fog or mist at sea or coming inland from the sea

Definition of the verb fret

What does fret mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: fretted, fretting

  1. worry unnecessarily or excessively
  2. be agitated or irritated
    • examples: don't fret over these small details | Sam and Sue fret
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • more generic word: worry = be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy
    • more specific word: dither = act nervously; be undecided
  3. provide (a musical instrument) with frets
  4. become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of fret: chafe / gall
    • more generic word: irritate = excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame
  5. cause annoyance in
  6. gnaw into; make resentful or angry
  7. carve a pattern into
    • domain: handicraft
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic word: carve = form by carving
    • more specific word: honeycomb = carve a honeycomb pattern into
  8. decorate with an interlaced design
  9. be too tight; rub or press
  10. cause friction
  11. remove soil or rock
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of fret: eat away / erode
    • more generic word: damage = inflict damage upon
    • more specific word: wash = form by erosion
  12. wear away or erode
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of fret: eat away
    • more generic words: corrode / rust = become destroyed by water, air, or a corrosive such as an acid

Other definitions of fret

What does fret also mean?


  1. [physics] Förster resonance energy transfer
  2. [physics] fluorescence resonance energy transfer, which is a type of the Förster phenomenon where one or both of the partners in the energy transfer are fluorescent chromophores


  1. "Fret" is a musical album of Koji Asano.
    • released on (18 years ago)
  2. "Fret" is a composition.


  1. FRET a.k.a. Förster resonance energy transfer, fluorescence resonance energy transfer, resonance energy transfer or electronic energy transfer is a mechanism describing energy transfer between two light-sensitive molecules. A donor chromophore, initially in its electronic excited state, may transfer energy to an acceptor chromophore through nonradiative dipole–dipole coupling. The efficiency of this energy transfer is inversely proportional to the sixth power of the distance between donor and acceptor, making FRET extremely sensitive to small changes in distance.
  2. FRET was a free magazine which covered the pop music scene in the Netherlands. It was published in the Dutch language. It contained interviews, reviews, a gig guide and background information about Dutch bands and artists. The magazine was available at record stores and venues in the Netherlands. It was published between 1994 and 2012. Today, each issue can be read digitally via their website.

Phrases with Fret

  1. Sea Fret
  2. greek fret

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Fret

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Google previewThe Handbook of Nanomedicine (2008)

by Kewal K. Jain

FRET is a process by which energy that would normally be emitted as a photon from an excited fluorophore can be directly transferred to a second fluorophore to excite one of its electrons. This, on decay, then generates an even longer ...

Google previewLipid Rafts and Caveolae (2006)

From Membrane Biophysics to Cell Biology by Christopher J. Fielding

FRET is a process wherein energy is transferred non-radiatively from an excited donor fluorophor to a nearby acceptor via...

Google previewComprehensive Biomedical Physics (2014)

FRET is a useful tool to quantify molecular dynamics in biophysics and biochemistry, such as protein–protein interactions, protein–DNA interactions, and protein conformational changes. Fluorophores Fluorophores are components of a ...

Google previewThe Architectural Review (1904)

Frets were so associated with Greek design that they are known as Grecques, varieties of them appear in Japanese and Chinese design and also in Mexican, but the fully developed fret is a thoroughly classic motive, and is scarcely to be ...

Google previewPrinciples of Bacterial Detection: Biosensors, Recognition Receptors and Microsystems (2008)

by Mohammed Zourob, Sauna Elwary, Anthony P. F. Turner

Much like fluorescent quenchers, FRET is a highly distance- dependent phenomenon...

Google previewReviews in Fluorescence 2006 (2007)

by Chris D. Geddes, Joseph R. Lakowicz

Many of the biosensors used nowadays are based on the Forster Resonance Energy Transfer FRET methodology. FRET is a fluorescence technique based on dipolar interactions between different donor and acceptor molecules making this ...

Google previewMandolin Chord Dictionary : Handy Guide


Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

FRET'TED. pp.: ADJ. eaten; rubbed or worn away; made rough on the surface; vexed; agitated violently, as by the passions or the wind. FRET'FUL, a. fit, 'ven to complain of small grievances; irritable; peevish. RET'FULLY, ad. -l2.

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A pound a fret can't pay an ounce a debt.
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Scrabble value of F4R1E1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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