fraying
noun Date: 1637 something rubbed or worn off by fraying

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Fraying — Fray ing, n. (Zo[ o]l.) The skin which a deer frays from his horns. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fraying — Fray Fray, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Frayed} (fr[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Fraying}.] [See 1st {Fray}, and cf. {Affray}.] To frighten; to terrify; to alarm. I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] What frays ye, that were wont to comfort me affrayed? Spenser. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fraying — noun ( s) Etymology: from gerund of fray (III) : something rubbed or worn off by fraying: as a. : the velvet that a deer frays from his antlers b …   Useful english dictionary

  • fraying — n. frayed or worn spot (as on fabric); skin that a deer frays from his horns freɪ n. quarrel, brawl, skirmish, fight v. wear out, make ragged; wear on the nerves, irritate; be worn out, become ragged; rub …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fraying at the edges — fraying at/around/the edges phrase gradually being destroyed or becoming weaker Support for the proposals was fraying at the edges. Thesaurus: broken, torn or damagedsynonym Main en …   Useful english dictionary

  • fraying around the edges — fraying at/around/the edges phrase gradually being destroyed or becoming weaker Support for the proposals was fraying at the edges. Thesaurus: broken, torn or damagedsynonym Main en …   Useful english dictionary

  • fray — [[t]fre͟ɪ[/t]] frays, fraying, frayed 1) V ERG If something such as cloth or rope frays, or if something frays it, its threads or fibres start to come apart from each other and spoil its appearance. The fabric is very fine or frays easily... [V… …   English dictionary

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  • fray — UK [freɪ] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms fray : present tense I/you/we/they fray he/she/it frays present participle fraying past tense frayed past participle frayed 1) if a rope or piece of cloth frays or is frayed, the fibres in… …   English dictionary

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