• 32. Fretted clavichord: Detail of fretting
    32. Fretted clavichord: Detail of fretting
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fretful habitually complaining "a whiny child"
    • adj fretful nervous and unable to relax "a constant fretful stamping of hooves","a restless child"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fretful Gnawing; wearing; abrading; corroding.
    • fretful In a state of commotion; moved or agitated, as water; seething.
    • fretful Disposed to fret; ill-tempered; ill-humored; peevish: as, a fretful temper.
    • fretful Characterized by, indicating, or causing fret, worry, or ill temper.
    • fretful Synonyms Peevish, Pettish, etc. (see petulant); irritable, complaining, querulous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Fretful peevish
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  • John Keats
    “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
    “Loans and debts make worry and frets.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “A walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more.”
  • Persius
    “We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays.”


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


In literature:

Well, well, there was no use fretting.
"Red Rose and Tiger Lily" by L. T. Meade
Rose had been fretful and uneasy all night, but now well pleased with the new sights around her, she sat still on her sister's lap.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Single line; closed fret 710 296.
"Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895" by Jesse Walter Fewkes
There had been troubles with the Indians and at times M. Destournier was obliged to be away, and this fretted her sorely.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Don't you fret, but be an awfully good girl yourself and help Gail all you can.
"At the Little Brown House" by Ruth Alberta Brown
Why, you never so much as hear a grumble, nor a fret!
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
He had, likewise, his share of those minor crosses in life which fret the spirit, but the impression they made was soon effaced.
"The Last Penny and Other Stories" by T. S. Arthur
Now don't fret, there's a dear.
"A Young Mutineer" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
By the end of March Johnnie had begun to fret about One-Eye.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
He fretted, moreover, at being left in Ireland at all.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing

In poetry:

Shall we, when ours goes homeward, fret?
Come, Hope, and wait on Sorrow!
The little one will not forget;
It's only till to-morrow!
"A Father To A Mother" by George MacDonald
No more a child to be petted
And sheltered away from the strife;
Henceforth—a man to be fretted
And worn with the worries of life.
"Into The World" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
She lives unwedded, -- as for him
He sleeps too sound for any fret
At their lost kisses, or the dream
Of the poor girl he never met.
"The Vestal" by Katharine Tynan
And mingling with their truant wave
A fretted chain is hung;
But ah! the gift her mother gave,—­
Its beads are all unstrung!
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Something in the great world
Calls you from my side; Something calls, and frets you
That will not be denied,
Something you cannot hide.
"The Dumb Wife Speaks" by Benjamin Musser
All clouds that wander through the skies
Are tangled in his net,
The frightened stars have shut their eyes,
The breakers fume and fret.
"The Storm" by Frederick George Scott

In news:

Pathologists' takeover of Ontario death probes nixed but coroners still fret .
Hostess consumers, don't fret : Twinkies won't be gone forever, company says.
Faithful fret as Nathan's Famous in Yonkers to close for renovations.
Stocks sink on Wall Street as investors fret over a looming impasse over US budget.
Parents fret about daughter's late love.
Public speaks out Virginia's 'dangerous animals initiative,' some fret over tighter regs.
Tatnuck author event – 'No Fret Cooking.
Democrats fret about Big Bird's star turn in Obama campaign.
If you can't make it to Sundance, don't fret, there will be ample opportunity to see "Restrepo," the new documentary about US troops in Afghanistan.
Many fretted that as the school year came to a close, the movement was waning.
Mom frets about grown son's girlfriend.
Don't fret pumpkin spice latte fans, there is now plenty of your favorite fall java jolt to go around, Starbucks claims.
French leaders fret over new Mohammad cartoons.
Don't fret friends, there are plenty of things to keep you smiling this weekend in Madison.
If you miss the first, Oct 9, there's no need to fret about the other two Oct 15, when early voting begins and Nov 6, the date of the General Election.

In science:

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
For the case of a non-rotating BH, the profile of returning radiation is roughly a power law with the same exponent as the emission at r ≫ rISCO , i.e., Fret ∝ r−3 .
Slim accretion disks around black holes