fray

Fray is all about friction––a frayed rope has been rubbed so much its fibers are wearing away. People experiencing friction––fighting loudly––are involved in a fray.

If you have had a long day and feel like you're about to break down, you might say you are frayed. If students are arguing in class about whether nature or nurture is to blame for human problems, a teacher might stay out of the fray, letting the students reach their own conclusions.

Primary Meanings of fray

1.
v
wear away by rubbing
2.
n
a noisy fight
Full Definitions of fray
1

v wear away by rubbing

“The friction frayed the sleeve”
Synonyms:
frazzle
Type of:
break, bust, fall apart, wear, wear out
go to pieces

v cause friction

Synonyms:
chafe, fret, rub, scratch
Type of:
adjoin, contact, meet, touch
be in direct physical contact with; make contact
2

n a noisy fight

Synonyms:
affray, disturbance, ruffle
Type of:
combat, fight, fighting, scrap
the act of fighting; any contest or struggle

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