International Standard Bible EncyclopediaFRET, FRETTING
To "fret" is from for (prefix) and etan, "to eat," "to consume." The word is both transitive and intransitive in King James Version:
(1) transitive as translation of charah, "to burn," Hithpael, "to fret one's self," "to be angry" (Psalm 37:1, "Fret not thyself because of evil-doers"; Psalm 37:7, 8 Proverbs 24:19); of qatsaph, "to be angry," etc. (Isaiah 8:21, "They shall fret themselves, and curse," etc.); of raghaz, to be moved" (with anger, etc.) (Ezekiel 16:43, "Thou hast fretted me in all these things," the American Standard Revised Version "raged against me"). For Leviticus 13:55, see under Fretting below.
(2) Intransitive, it is the translation of ra`am, "to rage," Hiphil, "to provoke to anger" (1 Samuel 1:6, "Her rival provoked her sore, to make her fret"); of za`aph, "to be sad," "to fret" (Proverbs 19:3, "His heart fretteth against Yahweh").
Fretting in the sense of eating away, consuming, is used of the leprosy, ma'ar, "to be sharp, bitter, painful" (Leviticus 13:51, 52; Leviticus 14:44, "a fretting leprosy"; in Leviticus 13:55 we have "it (is) fret inward" ("fret" past participle), as the translation of pehetheth from pahath, "to dig" (a pit), the word meaning "a depression," "a hollow or sunken spot in a garment affected by a kind of leprosy," the Revised Version (British and American) "it is a fret."
Revised Version has "fretful" for "angry" (Proverbs 21:19), margin "vexation."
W. L. Walker
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
) See Frith
2. (v. t.) To devour.
3. (v. t.) To rub; to wear away by friction; to chafe; to gall; hence, to eat away; to gnaw; as, to fret cloth; to fret a piece of gold or other metal; a worm frets the plants of a ship.
4. (v. t.) To impair; to wear away; to diminish.
5. (v. t.) To make rough, agitate, or disturb; to cause to ripple; as, to fret the surface of water.
6. (v. t.) To tease; to irritate; to vex.
7. (v. i.) To be worn away; to chafe; to fray; as, a wristband frets on the edges.
8. (v. i.) To eat in; to make way by corrosion.
9. (v. i.) To be agitated; to be in violent commotion; to rankle; as, rancor frets in the malignant breast.
10. (v. i.) To be vexed; to be chafed or irritated; to be angry; to utter peevish expressions.
11. (n.) The agitation of the surface of a fluid by fermentation or other cause; a rippling on the surface of water.
12. (n.) Agitation of mind marked by complaint and impatience; disturbance of temper; irritation; as, he keeps his mind in a continual fret.
13. (n.) Herpes; tetter.
14. (n.) The worn sides of river banks, where ores, or stones containing them, accumulate by being washed down from the hills, and thus indicate to the miners the locality of the veins.
15. (v. t.) To ornament with raised work; to variegate; to diversify.
16. (n.) Ornamental work in relief, as carving or embossing. See Fretwork.
17. (n.) An ornament consisting of small fillets or slats intersecting each other or bent at right angles, as in classical designs, or at oblique angles, as often in Oriental art.
18. (n.) The reticulated headdress or net, made of gold or silver wire, in which ladies in the Middle Ages confined their hair.
19. (n.) A saltire interlaced with a muscle.
20. (n.) 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.
21. (v. t.) To furnish with frets, as an instrument of music.
Strong's Hebrew2734. charah -- to burn or be kindled with anger...
1), became angry (4), became furious (1), became...angry (3), burn (5), burned
(29), burns (1), compete (1), competing (1), distressed (1), fret
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7107. qatsaph -- to be angry
... be angry, displease, fret self, provoke to wrath come, be wroth. A primitive
root; to crack off, ie (figuratively) burst out in rage ...
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7481. raam -- to thunder
... make to fret, roar, thunder, trouble. A primitive root; to tumble, ie Be violently
agitated; specifically, to crash (of thunder); figuratively ...
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6356. pechetheth -- a boring or eating out
... fret inward. From the same as pachath; a hole (by mildew in a garment) -- fret inward.
see HEBREW pachath. << 6355, 6356. pechetheth. 6357 >>. Strong's Numbers.
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7264. ragaz -- to be agitated, quiver, quake, be excited ...
... be afraid, stand in awe, disquiet, fall out, fret, move, provoke, quake,. A
primitive root; to quiver (with any violent emotion, especially ...
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2196. zaaph -- to be vexed, be enraged
... fret, sad, worse liking, be wroth. A primitive root; properly, to boil up, ie
(figuratively) to be peevish or angry -- fret, sad, worse liking, be wroth. ...
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