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fretwork

[fret-wurk] /ˈfrɛtˌwɜrk/
noun
1.
ornamental work consisting of interlacing parts, especially work in which the design is formed by perforation.
2.
any pattern of dark and light, such as that of perforated fretwork.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; fret2 + work
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Examples for fretwork
  • Instead, you pressed five colored buttons on the neck to simulate fretwork, and flicked a bar up and down to strum.
  • My next project is going to be a fleur box in cherry with some intricate fretwork.
  • Gingerbread fretwork amid magnolia trees sets the tone for this antebellum home in a quaint seaport village.
  • The eave cornice of the gable roof is boxed and decorated with carved modillion blocks and fretwork.
  • The step ends have handsome scrolled fretwork, and the balusters are turned.
  • Small third-floor windows, piercing the frieze, are hidden behind fretwork grilles.
  • The mantel's cornice-shelf itself is enriched with fretwork and guilloche moldings.
British Dictionary definitions for fretwork

fretwork

/ˈfrɛtˌwɜːk/
noun
1.
decorative geometrical carving or openwork
2.
any similar pattern of light and dark
3.
ornamental work of three-dimensional frets
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