• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fraying (Zoöl) The skin which a deer frays from his horns.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fraying An alarm; a panic.
    • n fraying Contention; struggle.
    • n fraying The velvet frayed or rubbed from a deer's antler.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fraying the action of the verb fray: ravellings
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. frayer—L. fricāre, to rub.


In literature:

When Fray Pedro de Solier comes, everything will be examined.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XVII, 1609-1616" by Various
For it was not, as one might suppose at first glance, a frayed and threadbare mantle flung across one corner of the table.
"A Woman Named Smith" by Marie Conway Oemler
But the doors of the cabin had been shut, doubtless lest the fighting should fray the ladies.
"A Sea Queen's Sailing" by Charles Whistler
In a terror of defense Kenny returned to the fray with added vim.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
The story may derive from Fray Basilio Ponce de Leon or it may not.
"Fray Luis de León" by James Fitzmaurice-Kelly
Then she would play the White Lady's part on me to fray me away, and all was done.
"King Olaf's Kinsman" by Charles Whistler
As chaplains went fathers Fray Diego de San Joan Evangelista, native of Zaragoca, and Fray Joan de la Cruz.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXI, 1624" by Various
There were uprisings, tumults, bloody frays.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1" by Various
Two, Fray Miguel and Fray Leon, are holy men.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXIII, 1629-30" by Various
Fray Domingo de Salazar; June 20.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1803, Volume V., 1582-1583" by Various

In poetry:

And whan they cam to Branksome Ha',
They shouted a' baith loud and hie,
Till up and spak him auld Buccleuch,
Said--"Wha's this brings the fray to me?
"Jamie Telfer" by Andrew Lang
“So young and little as here I seem,
Thou shalt find me prompt in a fray;
I’ll hew the head from thy shoulders off,
And thy much gold bear away.”
"Vidrik Verlandson (From The Old Danish) " by George Borrow
And whan he cam to the fair tower yate,
He shouted loud, and cried weel hie,
Till out bespak auld Gibby Elliot--
"Wha's this that brings the fraye to me?"
"Jamie Telfer" by Andrew Lang
Gather their scattered clay,
Wherever it may rest;
Just as they marched to the bloody fray,
Just as they fell on the battle day,
Bury them, breast to breast.
"March Of The Deathless Dead" by Abram Joseph Ryan
What sang ye, warlike throngs?
Repeat, repeat this day,
One of the simple, nervous, songs
Ye murmur’d out, when, hot with wrongs,
Ye waited the coming fray.
"Miscellanies" by George Borrow
And then young Ulerick, his son,
Ha! how he loved the fray!
Young Ulerick, the Count's bold son,
When once the battle had begun,
No foot's-breadth e'er gave way.
"Count Eberhard, The Groaner Of Wurtembert. A War Song" by Friedrich von Schiller

In news:

Supreme Court Will Enter Same-Sex Marriage Fray.
The latest fray in the Proposition 37 battle over whether Food Producers should be required to label foods made with GMO's is reaching all the way to the US Attorney's Office.
Seldom do I enter the editorial fray and ongoing polemic.
Republicans might wince a bit as the man behind GOP chairman's rise re-enters the fray.
Make sure cords are in good working order and aren't frayed.
Unbeaten Sharyland Ready To Enter The Fray In District 30-5A.
Tina Fey steps into the 'rape' fray.
Paul McCartney, Dierks Bentley, The Fray.
ITunes now free-streaming The Fray's forthcoming album.
Film fest enters fundraising fray with Friends of TIFF.
Federal mediators join league's fray .
Health Care's Fraying Safety Net .
Vice President Joe Biden, who has steadfastly kept the door open to another bid for the White House in 2016, indicated today that he might not be so eager to jump into the fray if the economy continues to struggle.
The fruit and real estate tycoon stepped down as CEO of Dole Food in 2007 but jumped back into the fray this year to manage its IPO when it faced a cash crunch.
God bless that American tradition of elections -- those august times when the populace flows into frayed schoolhouse hallways or churches or even humble homes or garages to exercise their voting rights.

In science:

Atomic physicists have recently entered the fray, providing a bottom-up approach by engineering the relevant spin interactions in quantum simulators [5, 22, 23].
Engineered 2D Ising interactions on a trapped-ion quantum simulator with hundreds of spins
However, at such a low temperature the island edges are frayed which may reduce the barriers resulting in layer-by-layer growth.
Density Functional Theory of Epitaxial Growth of Metals