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fray



Pronunciation: (frā), [key]
n.
1. a fight, battle, or skirmish.
2. a competition or contest, esp. in sports.
3. a noisy quarrel or brawl.
4. Archaic.fright.

v.t.
Archaic.to frighten.

v.i.
Archaic.to fight or brawl.

fray



Pronunciation: (frā), [key]
v.t.
1. to wear (cloth, rope, etc.) to loose, raveled threads or fibers at the edge or end; cause to ravel out.
2. to wear by rubbing (sometimes fol. by through).
3. to cause strain on (something); upset; discompose: The argument frayed their nerves.
4. to rub.

v.i.
1. to become frayed, as cloth; ravel out: My sweater frayed at the elbows.
2. to rub against something: tall grass fraying against my knees.

n.
a frayed part, as in cloth: frays at the toes of well-worn sneakers.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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