Pronunciation: (frā),[key] —n. 1. a fight, battle, or skirmish.
2. a competition or contest, esp. in sports.
3. a noisy quarrel or brawl.
—v.t. Archaic.to frighten.
—v.i. Archaic.to fight or brawl.
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.