- a whetstone of fine, compact texture for sharpening razors and other cutting tools.
- a precision tool with a mechanically rotated abrasive tip, for enlarging holes to precise dimensions.
- to sharpen on a hone: to hone a carving knife.
- to enlarge or finish (a hole) with a hone.
- to make more acute or effective; improve; perfect: to hone one's skills.
Origin of hone1
- South Midland and Southern U.S. to yearn; long: to hone for the farm life; to hone after peach pie.
- Archaic. to moan and groan.
Origin of hone2
Examples from the Web for honed
His skills have also been honed working for the GOP presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and Mitt Romney.Mystery Man Buys Kentucky for the GOP
Center for Public Integrity
October 29, 2014
When Veep returned Sunday night, its sharp-tongued writing was honed to a perfect razor edge.‘Veep’ Is a F*@king Masterclass in Cursing
April 7, 2014
He is at his best when writing about jazz, his taste and attention to detail having been honed over decades of non-stop listening.This Week’s Hot Reads, Oct. 21, 2013
October 21, 2013
And while I have never written ad copy, I find it hard to imagine that ones ability to do so is honed by writing term papers.Sorry, Kids, No High School Diplomas Need Apply
February 20, 2013
And if there was one topic on which Romney should have honed his answers, it is Obamacare.Mitt Romney Muddles His Message on Health Care
September 11, 2012
It lay there on the tray, its honed edge glittering in the light of the sun.Life Sentence
If you knew how I've honed to set the table with my weddin' dishes.
My hunting knife, honed as fine as the edge of a microtome blade.Backlash
Joe found the ax so sharp that he must have honed it after felling the last tree.The Lost Wagon
James Arthur Kjelgaard
Honed Sr,—I recd yrs of ye 25th in which I find with ye utmost concern ye dissatisfaction you express at my expences.Lord Chatham
Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery
- a fine whetstone, esp for sharpening razors
- a tool consisting of a number of fine abrasive slips held in a machine head, rotated and reciprocated to impart a smooth finish to cylinder bores, etc
- (tr) to sharpen or polish with or as if with a hone
- (often foll by for or after) to yearn or pine
- to moan or grieve
Word Origin and History for honed
"whetstone," Old English han "stone, rock, (boundary) stone," in Middle English "whetstone" (early 14c.), from Proto-Germanic *haino (cf. Old Norse hein "hone"). The verb is 1788, from the noun. Related: Honed; honing.