- 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
before 950; Middle English (noun); Old English hān stone, rock; cognate with Old Norse hein hone; akin to cone
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- 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
Old English hān stone; related to Old Norse hein
Hone is sometimes wrongly used where home is meant: this device makes it easier to home in on (not hone in on) the target
- (often foll by for or after) to yearn or pine
- to moan or grieve
C17: from Old French hogner to growl, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German hōnen to revile
Word Origin and History for honers
"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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper