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    Frets of carving

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    Can anybody tell me what frets of carving might mean?

    Given the imagination, man himself indeed may some
    day be able to distinguish what shapes are walking during our own
    terrestrial midnight amid the black shadows of the craters in the
    noonday of the moon. At any rate, I could trace at last frets of
    carving, minute weather marks, crookednesses, incrustations, repairings,
    that had before passed unnoticed. These walls, indeed, like human faces,
    were maps and charts of their own long past.


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    Re: Frets of carving

    'To fret' means to worry about something, but as a noun 'frets' usually refers to a raised area, such as the frets on a guitar, which are the metal bars along the neck against which you press the strings.

    Here the frets are the raised areas of carving.

    Edit. Actually, there's a noun definition which specifically refers to the areas of raised carvings as frets.
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    Re: Frets of carving

    Beat me to it

    This is the definition you want, Johnnyxxx:

    fret - An ornament, usually in bands but also covering broad surfaces consisting of interlocking geometric motif. Also called a meander, or Greek key, or Roman key, or gather, or wall of Troy pattern.
    I think the crucial words there are 'interlocking geometric motif'. This sort of fret is not widely used today; slightly more common are the compounds fretsaw and fretwork.

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