to sharpen on a whetstone with a fine, compact texture: to hone a carving knife.
to enlarge or finish (a hole) using a precision tool with a mechanically rotated abrasive tip.
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.
- hon·er, noun
Other definitions for hone (2 of 2)
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.
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How to use hone in a sentence
The next step was to hone the ability to keep sperm cold as it traveled between the lab and various farms.The secret weapon for distributing a potential covid-19 vaccine | Joanna Radin | November 12, 2020 | Washington Post
Plan to put down your bike, climbing rack, fishing rod, or running shoes for a good portion of the summer while you hone your skills with your weapon, get your gear ready, and familiarize yourself with your hunting area before the season begins.
Using this time to stay sharp on an orchestra’s worth of instruments, he further hones the skills that have made him one of the most enduring figures in jazz.Marshall Allen is 96 years old and still leading one of the most visionary jazz groups of all time | Shannon Effinger | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
Ben Webley, Director of Gaming, Americas at FacebookAchieving top performance when engaging app audiences often requires marketers to monitor, tweak manually and hone each campaign element.Machine learning is unlocking performance at scale for app marketers | Facebook Gaming | October 28, 2020 | Digiday
After a lifetime of drag shows, car meets, and all sorts of misadventures, he’s been able to apply his unique point of view and improv-honed creativity into engaging copy across nonprofits, automotive brands, and tech companies.How to use personal passions to create meaningful content | Jack Schuleman | October 20, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
"It ain't bein' a crowned head, but it's honer'ble," pleaded the sick man, continuing the conversation.The Skipper and the Skipped | Holman Day
"'T is n't yer honer's failin', anyhow," said Tom, laughing sardonically.Roland Cashel | Charles James Lever
I do, your honer, jist for my wife's mother, ye see; but I live down towards Cash.
Shure yer honer knows the masther, Mr. Thady down at Ballycloran; he will tell yer honer I'd nothing in life to do in it.
Long life to yer honer—and may ye live to see the esthate your own yet, and not owe a shilling!
British Dictionary definitions for hone (1 of 2)
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
British Dictionary definitions for hone (2 of 2)
(often foll by for or after) to yearn or pine
to moan or grieve
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