fray

Definition of fray

Pronunciation: frād
n.1.An angry quarrel; an affray; contest; combat; broil.
Who began this bloody fray?
- Shak.
v. t.1.To frighten; to terrify; to alarm.
[imp. & p. p. Frayed (frād); p. pr. & vb. n. Fraying.]
What frays ye, that were wont to comfort me affrayed?
- Spenser.
1.To bear the expense of; to defray.
1.To rub; to wear off, or wear into shreds, by rubbing; to fret, as cloth; as, a deer is said to fray her head.
v. i.1.To rub.
We can show the marks he made
When 'gainst the oak his antlers frayed.
- Sir W. Scott.
2.To wear out or into shreads, or to suffer injury by rubbing, as when the threads of the warp or of the woof wear off so that the cross threads are loose; to ravel; as, the cloth frays badly.
A suit of frayed magnificience.
- tennyson.
n.1.A fret or chafe, as in cloth; a place injured by rubbing.

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