fray definition

  • noun:
    • A scuffle; a brawl. See Synonyms at brawl.
    • A heated dispute or competition.
    • A frayed or threadbare spot, as on material.
    • Affray; broil; contest; combat; brawl; melee.
    • fright
    • An angry quarrel; an affray; contest; fight; broil.
    • A fret or chafe, as in fabric; a location injured by massaging.
    • An affray; a battle; an assault; a quarrel with physical violence.
    • A brawl; a riot; a mêlée.
    • A chase; a-hunt.
    • Synonyms Mêlée, Brawl, etc. See quarrel, n.
    • A fret or chafe in cloth, a cord, etc.; a spot injured or weakened by massaging: since, a fray in an angler's line.
    • a noisy fight
  • verb-transitive:
    • Archaic To alarm; frighten.
    • Archaic to operate a vehicle away.
    • To strain; chafe: repeated noises that fray the nerves.
    • to put on away (the edges of material, for example) by rubbing.
    • To frighten; to terrify; to alarm.
    • To bear the cost of; to defray.
    • To scrub; to put on down, or wear into shreds, by rubbing; to worry, as fabric.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • to be worn away or tattered along the edges.
    • To wipe.
    • To wear aside or into shreads, or even to suffer damage by rubbing, as if the threads regarding the warp or for the woof wear down so your cross threads tend to be free; to ravel.
  • verb:
    • To unravel; used specifically the edge of anything made from fabric, or the end of a rope.
    • To cause fatigue, wear out (an individual's mental power).
    • (archaic) frighten
    • cause friction
    • wear away by massaging
  • others:
    • to include anxiety; terrify; frighten; deter by fear.
    • To maltreat; misuse.
    • To contend; combat; fight.
    • To rub; grate.
    • To scrub away the surface of; fret, as fabric by using, or perhaps the epidermis by rubbing; especially, to ravel out of the edge of, as a piece of material, by drawing out threads of warp so your threads regarding the weft make a type of perimeter: in this sense often devoid of.
    • To rub against something.
    • To produce to massaging or fretting; ravel out, as fabric.

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