- 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 hones
There were at least a thousand persons present on the occasion of Hones visit.The Old Showmen and the Old London Fairs
I've been hones' with both of ye, and ye've been hones' with me.From the Valley of the Missing
Grace Miller White
Hones' we could 'a' killed 'em with a hammer an' done it delib'rit.
Say, hones', I never seen nothin' like it--'twere so blandiferous!
Course, schools he'p some, but looks lak all mos' o' de young'n's is studyin' 'bout is how to git out o' hones' labor.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves
Work Projects Administration
- 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 hones
"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.