Meaning of fray

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. fright.
—v.t.
  1. to frighten.
—v.i.
  1. 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.
  1. 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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