- 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
Examples from the Web for honer
For nothing at all, your honer: that's just it; but ould Kennyfeck put him up to it.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
But his genius won him world praise, and later, honer in his own country.Historic Fredericksburg
John T. Goolrick
The Captain brought his weapon up to the salute, and said, "Major, the honer is moine; I'm deloighted to see ye."The History of Pendennis
William Makepeace Thackeray
"It ain't bein' a crowned head, but it's honer'ble," pleaded the sick man, continuing the conversation.The Skipper and the Skipped
I do, your honer, jist for my wife's mother, ye see; but I live down towards Cash.The Macdermots of Ballycloran
- 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 honer
1826, agent noun from hone (v.); early 14c. as a surname.
"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.