Definition of fretwork in US English:



  • Ornamental design in wood, typically openwork, done with a fretsaw.

    • ‘He is now ready to produce works of art, fretwork, toys, or special assignments.’
    • ‘Joiners made fretwork by cutting away part of the wood to form a regular pattern.’
    • ‘Although it appears that Ransom made Moorish fretwork from 1885 to 1898, his furniture work was apparently limited and concentrated toward the end of his active period.’
    • ‘Gifted with his hands, he has many wonderful pieces of fretwork to his name - this skill runs in his family.’
    • ‘The classic Guyanese house is constructed of wood and raised on stilts, painted white and decorated with intricate fretwork.’
    • ‘There will also be a show of local crafts including fretwork, crystal glass, embroidery, dancing costumes, placemats, potted plants, flowers, and taxidermy.’
    • ‘Less than a week later, Sam received another commission from the same gentleman; this time, to fix the pierced wooden fretwork of his grand piano, which had somehow sustained damage.’
    • ‘Much of the ceiling is fretwork, and fresco par-excellence, in gilded gold.’
    • ‘Over the years I have had consistent problems with one company because the guy that does the fretwork answers the phone.’
    • ‘The distinctive open fretwork pediment of the mahogany case is associated with clocks made in or near Roxbury, Massachusetts, in the Federal period.’
    • ‘He has studied stained glass, ceramics and fretwork and also model making, affording tuition in the latter to children of the Ball Project at the Old Manor during 1998.’
    • ‘Most buildings are small-scale, ranging from Victorian wood and stone townhouses with large verandas and fretwork to newer, more hurricane-resistant concrete structures.’
    • ‘British influence, with wooden jalousies, wide porches, and patterned railings and fretwork, dominated urban architecture in the colonial period.’
    • ‘If you are already doing fretwork you should see if you can pick up any new tips here.’
    • ‘And traditional Indian fretwork has been given a modern twist; while the technique used to create it is centuries old, Saini's bold geometric designs are wholly contemporary.’
    • ‘Standing in gardens of bougainvillea and hibiscus, they are made of white wood, with shutters painted green or red, and verandas decorated with intricate gingerbread fretwork.’
    • ‘The restaurant has a ‘Thai’ character, with wooden fretwork walls and bamboo predominating, and even a small waterfall in one corner.’
    • ‘Many of the surviving fretwork clock cases have a ‘Gothic’ architectural appeal.’
    • ‘The rest of the furniture included a commode, two small pairs of open china cabinets, eight fretwork armchairs, four side chairs, and a pier glass.’
    • ‘At either end of the sofa there was a comfortable back rest, but the middle was comprised entirely of open, carved fretwork, which would be near impossible to lean against.’
    grid, latticework, open framework, openwork, trellis, trelliswork, network, mesh, web, webbing, netting, net, tracery, interlacing, reticulation, reticulum, grate, grating, grille, grillwork, criss-cross, matrix
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