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.

1595–1605; fret2 + work Unabridged
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fretwork (ˈfrɛtˌwɜːk)
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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Example sentences
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
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.
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