hone

1
[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.
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.

Origin of hone

1
before 950; Middle English (noun); Old English hān stone, rock; cognate with Old Norse hein hone; akin to cone
Related formshon·er, noun

hone

2
[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.

Origin of hone

2
1590–1600; < Anglo-French *honer; Old French hogner to grumble, growl < Germanic; compare Old Saxon hōnian to abuse, revile
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Related Words for honing

whet, acuminate, edge, file, grind

Examples from the Web for honing

Contemporary Examples of honing

Historical Examples of honing

  • He was keen for the open stretches, honing to be gone down the wind.

  • For that matter, I shouldnt wonder if you were honing to get rid of me.

  • This cannot be done by stropping, but is accomplished only by the process known as honing.

  • We venture to assert, however, that honing a razor is at least as easy as stropping it.

  • If the honing be carried too far, a wire edge will be produced, and this must be removed.


British Dictionary definitions for honing

hone

1
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
verb
  1. (tr) to sharpen or polish with or as if with a hone

Word Origin for hone

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

hone

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

Word Origin for hone

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 honing

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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