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[fret-wurk] /ˈfrɛtˌwɜrk/
ornamental work consisting of interlacing parts, especially work in which the design is formed by perforation.
any pattern of dark and light, such as that of perforated fretwork.
Origin of fretwork
First recorded in 1595-1605; fret2 + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • By the fretwork of its radiance through the chinks of our rudely-built cabin I had marked off the hours.

    The Mystery Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • No. 12, fretwork and carpentry class; games; letter writing.

  • The needlewoman has preferred to sew over the raw edges of the stuff, and give us a perfect piece of fretwork in linen.

    Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day
  • Soon even this fretwork was gone, and there was no sign of it to be seen.

    Among the Forces Henry White Warren
  • I turned, and scarlet through the festoons of gleaming white glowed the fretwork of a pagoda.

    A Journal from Japan Marie Carmichael Stopes
  • The Salak's fretwork crater stood out entirely clear—his form a purple background to the picture gradually unfolding itself.

    Across the Equator Thomas H. Reid
  • The effect is like that of fretwork, but the figure is probably derived from a modified animal form.

  • It contained a fretwork basket, stained brown and still rather sticky with varnish.

  • Mother is going to give me a set of fretwork tools so that I can put fancy tops to my frames, etc.

    Toy-Making in School and Home Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne
  • They positively ran wild on "Chinese taste," their fretwork and combination of Chinese and Gothic being perfectly extravagant.

    The Old Furniture Book N. Hudson Moore
British Dictionary definitions for fretwork


decorative geometrical carving or openwork
any similar pattern of light and dark
ornamental work of three-dimensional frets
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fretwork

also fret-work, c.1600, from fret (n.) + work (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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