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hone1

[hohn]
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noun
  1. a whetstone of fine, compact texture for sharpening razors and other cutting tools.
  2. a precision tool with a mechanically rotated abrasive tip, for enlarging holes to precise dimensions.
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verb (used with object), honed, hon·ing.
  1. to sharpen on a hone: to hone a carving knife.
  2. to enlarge or finish (a hole) with a hone.
  3. to make more acute or effective; improve; perfect: to hone one's skills.
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Origin of hone1

before 950; Middle English (noun); Old English hān stone, rock; cognate with Old Norse hein hone; akin to cone
Related formshon·er, noun

hone2

[hohn]
verb (used without object), honed, hon·ing.
  1. South Midland and Southern U.S. to yearn; long: to hone for the farm life; to hone after peach pie.
  2. Archaic. to moan and groan.
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Origin of hone2

1590–1600; < Anglo-French *honer; Old French hogner to grumble, growl < Germanic; compare Old Saxon hōnian to abuse, revile
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Examples from the Web for honed

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  • It lay there on the tray, its honed edge glittering in the light of the sun.

    Life Sentence

    James McConnell

  • 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

    Winston Marks

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for honed

hone1

noun
  1. a fine whetstone, esp for sharpening razors
  2. 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
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verb
  1. (tr) to sharpen or polish with or as if with a hone
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Word Origin

Old English hān stone; related to Old Norse hein

usage

Hone is sometimes wrongly used where home is meant: this device makes it easier to home in on (not hone in on) the target

hone2

verb (intr) dialect
  1. (often foll by for or after) to yearn or pine
  2. to moan or grieve
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Word Origin

C17: from Old French hogner to growl, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German hōnen to revile
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Word Origin and History for honed

hone

n.

"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.

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