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[hwet-stohn, wet-] /ˈʰwɛtˌstoʊn, ˈwɛt-/
a stone for sharpening cutlery or tools by friction.
anything that sharpens:
a whetstone for dull wits.
Origin of whetstone
before 900; Middle English whetston, Old English hwetstān. See whet, stone Unabridged
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  • It was a safe offer, taking all precedent into account, for no man ever had ridden whetstone, not even his owner.

  • "Here is a whetstone," said the Wanderer, and he took one from his belt.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • whetstone came to a sudden stop, lifted his head with a jerk, his ears set forward, snorting an alarm.

  • English name for a stone appears in Hone, now used only of a whetstone.

    The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley
  • The Villiers motto, Fidei coticula crux, The cross is the whetstone of faith, is inscribed on the frieze.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • What he wants is ten quarts apiece, no matter if it's bluer 'n a whetstone.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • If whetstone didn't get him off pretty soon, he would be whipped and conquered, his belly on the ground.

  • Which he's the stoodent who stands up the stage over by whetstone Springs.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • Jim Wilder stood by, swearing by all his obscene deities that if that man hurt whetstone, he'd kill him for his hide.

  • Few horses had beaten whetstone in a race since he became the Duke's property.

British Dictionary definitions for whetstone


a stone used for sharpening edged tools, knives, etc
something that sharpens
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Word Origin and History for whetstone

Old English hwetstan; see whet + stone (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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