Fretting

Definitions

  • 32. Fretted clavichord: Detail of fretting
    32. Fretted clavichord: Detail of fretting
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • p.adj Fretting vexing
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Fretted clavichord: 33. Full view Fretted clavichord: 33. Full view
Fretted clavichord: 43. Plan view Fretted clavichord: 43. Plan view

Quotations

  • John Keats
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    “O fret not after knowledge -- I have none, and yet my song comes native with the warmth. O fret not after knowledge -- I have none, and yet the Evening listens.”
  • Saying
    Saying
    “Loans and debts make worry and frets.”
  • William Shakespeare
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    “A walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more.”
  • Persius
    Persius
    “We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fretan, to gnaw—pfx. for-, inten., and etan, to eat; Ger. fressen.

Usage

In literature:

How shall we keep from being fearful, fretful, full of melancholy forebodings!
"Town and Country Sermons" by Charles Kingsley
I know the kind o' young man ye are now, an' I'll not fret after ye.
"North, South and Over the Sea" by M.E. Francis (Mrs. Francis Blundell)
I wish things didn't fret me, but they do.
"The King's Daughter and Other Stories for Girls" by Various
Don't fret; he'll soon be here.
"The American Baron" by James De Mille
He began to fret and rage.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
Its roof is fretted with fire.
"New Tabernacle Sermons" by Thomas De Witt Talmage
I had neither wife nor children to be fretting about me at home, so I kept up my spirits.
"One of the 28th" by G. A. Henty
She ceased to fret, and never again recalled what had been.
"Lancashire Idylls (1898)" by Marshall Mather
To think she has been fretting all the winter about this, when I was trying to find out how to cheer her!
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
But I'm gettin' tu auld to fret my life away with vain strife.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
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In poetry:

If winds that prate and fret
Remark, rebuke, regret,
Lament, or blame
The brave plant's martial passion,
It keeps its own free fashion
All the same.
"A Child's Battles" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
At length with fruitless wishes tired,
The fretful youth to Cupid prayed;
Who, pitying power! a thought inspired
The ardent suppliant's will to aid.
"The Origin of the Sail" by Amelia Opie
“I tell you, you may fret and frown,
And call her what you choose,
You ’ll find my Lady in her gown,
Your Mistress in her shoes!”
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
'For I'm resolv'd once more to see
'That place where we so often met;
'Though few have had more cares than we,
'We've none just now to make us fret.'
"Richard and Kate: A suffolk Ballad" by Robert Bloomfield
An Orient town, with slender-steepled mosques,
Turret from turret springing, dome from dome,
Fretted with burning stones,
And trellised with red gold.
"Fog" by Emma Lazarus
Little one, you must not fret
That I take your clothes away;
Better sleep you so will get,
And at morning wake more gay—
Saith the children's mother.
"Going To Sleep" by George MacDonald

In news:

BEDFORD — The most visible signs of this summer's drought for homeowners have been their brown, dying lawns, causing many to fret over how to save what's left.
Testosterone Chases Viagra in Libido Race as Doctors Fret.
Mandolin Brothers, which sits in the heart of Staten Island, specializes in buying and selling high-end fretted acoustic instruments like guitars, banjos, and - of course - mandolins .
Continuing to fret about such things means men being sold prissy lists of " manly " dos and don'ts.
If you break the meringue don't fret just piece it together - it will soon be covered with fruit.
Don't fret over son's paltry diet if doctor not concerned.
Hollywood's magical ball is Sunday night, and all week television personalities have been fretting and squealing about it, expecting us to watch in supportive awe, like Cinderella.
Percy Bysshe Shelley Frets About Information Overload in 1821.
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through sports, Coach Santa was fretting Chris Broussard's reports.
The Sex and the City star likes Victorian morality tales, frets about artistic purity, and laments the passing of Old New York.
We're fretting too much about the distinction.
And Rick Santorum frets that Obama is imposing " secular values" on "people of faith.".
Social guy frets over self-reliant lone wolf.
Stocks slid on Wall Street on Thursday, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average logged its biggest one-day drop of the year, as investors fretted about the potential for gridlock in Washington.
Wannabe mom frets about history repeating.
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In science:

Many years ago, Haas et al.4 also reported surprisingly small diffusion coefficients using similar polymer models (see also Ref. 5), but here the quenching mechanism of the terminal monomers of the peptides is through the longer range fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET).
Non-Gaussian dynamics from a simulation of a short peptide: Loop closure rates and effective diffusion coefficients
Recently, Wallace et. al 6 applied this analysis to FRET quenching experiments in DNA, concluding that the effective monomer diffusion coefficient was 1000 times slower than reported for peptides.
Non-Gaussian dynamics from a simulation of a short peptide: Loop closure rates and effective diffusion coefficients
In Förster resonant energy transfer (FRET) an excited donor can transfer its energy directly (nonradiatively) to an acceptor via dipole-dipole interaction.
Measurement of the separation dependence of resonant energy transfer between CdSe/ZnS core/shell nanocrystallite quantum dots
Due to its strong separation dependence, FRET has been used as a molecular ruler to determine inter- and intra-molecular distances.11 Since FRET represents a transfer of energy, it can be detected by measuring the quenching of donor emission or the enhancement of acceptor emission.
Measurement of the separation dependence of resonant energy transfer between CdSe/ZnS core/shell nanocrystallite quantum dots
To further enhance the argument that the change of PL signal in small NQDs is due to FRET, nonresonant small and large NQDs were brought close together.
Measurement of the separation dependence of resonant energy transfer between CdSe/ZnS core/shell nanocrystallite quantum dots
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