Webster 1913 Edition
An implement, with teeth like those of a comb, for removing the seeds and seed vessels from flax, broom corn, etc.
To remove the seeds from (the stalks of flax, etc.), by means of a ripple.
Hence, to scratch or tear.
To become fretted or dimpled on the surface, as water when agitated or running over a rough bottom; to be covered with small waves or undulations, as a field of grain.
To make a sound as of water running gently over a rough bottom, or the breaking of ripples on the shore.
To fret or dimple, as the surface of running water; to cover with small waves or undulations;
as, the breeze.
The fretting or dimpling of the surface, as of running water; little curling waves.
A little wave or undulation; a sound such as is made by little waves;
a system of parallel ridges on sand, produced by wind, by the current of a steam, or by the agitation of wind waves; also
(Geol.), a system of parallel ridges on the surface of a sandstone stratum.
Webster 1828 Edition
To fret on the surface; as water when agitated or running over a rough bottom, appears rough and broken, or as if ripped or torn.
1.To clean, as flax.
2.To agitate the surface of water.
1.The fretting of the surface of water; little curling waves.
2.A large comb or hatchel for cleaning flax.