- 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 hone
Each poet needs only learn to hear his own voice, and hone it, and present it.What the Forward Prize Doesn’t Recognize About Poets
July 13, 2014
Then in 2007 he had joined the pro-Kremlin, pro “Eurasian” youth group, Nashi, to hone his militancy.Putin’s Men in Ukraine: We’re Not Giving In
April 18, 2014
Kennan had a passionate, lifelong interest in the craft of writing, and the diary was clearly a place to hone his craft.The Man Who Knew Russia Best: George Kennan’s Revealing Diaries
James A. Warren
March 10, 2014
Richardson says that his frothy, buttered coffee is “the best part of his morning,” helping him “hone in on important tasks.”Hack Your Health: 6 Biohacks That Might Surprise You
December 4, 2013
At first he balked when his record company suggested that he work with established songwriters to hone his compositions.Jake Bugg Isn’t the New Bob Dylan. He’s the Male Adele.
November 19, 2013
English name for a stone appears in Hone, now used only of a whetstone.The Romance of Names
After the trials, it is manifest that Hone was to be unassailed, do what he might.
When Hone was held to bail it was seen that a crisis was at hand.
They are published by Hone himself, who I should have said was a publisher as well as was to be.
The knife should be sharpened from time to time on the stone or hone.The Book of Sports:
- 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 hone
"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.