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FRAY, noun [Latin fractura, from frango, frico.]

1. A boil, quarrel or violent riot, that puts men in fear. This is the vulgar word for affray, and the sense seems to refer the word to Fr. effrayer.

2. A combat; a battle; also, a single combat or duel.

3. A contest; contention.

4. A rub; a fret or chafe in cloth; a place injured by rubbing.

FRAY, verb transitive To fright; to terrify. obsolete

FRAY, verb transitive [Latin frico, to rub.]

1. To rub; to fret, as cloth by wearing.

2. To rub; as, a deer frays his head.