verb (used with object), honed, hon·ing.
Origin of hone1
Definition for hone (2 of 2)
verb (used without object), honed, hon·ing.
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|Mandy Kahn|July 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then in 2007 he had joined the pro-Kremlin, pro “Eurasian” youth group, Nashi, to hone his militancy.
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|DAILY BEAST
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|DailyBurn|December 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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.|Andrew Romano|November 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
If you have a razor with a sharp point, you can round it off, on the edge of the hone.
Then, as though emerging from a dream, Hone rose and alighted, and turned to give his hand to his companion.The Tidal Wave and Other Stories|Ethel May Dell
So called sharpening preparations, sometimes applied to the surface of strops, as a substitute for the hone, should be avoided.
Hone had for Lamb's genius and character an intense enthusiasm.The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb|Charles Lamb
Hone's old shop reminds us of the delightful books he published, aided by Lamb and Leigh Hunt.Old and New London|Walter Thornbury
British Dictionary definitions for hone (1 of 2)
Word Origin for hone
British Dictionary definitions for hone (2 of 2)
verb (intr) dialect
Word Origin for hone
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.