- 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
- 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.
Origin of hone2
Examples from the Web for honing
I believe in being aware of your creative process and honing it.How I Write: Julianna Baggott
February 12, 2014
The PA has also been channeling Anonymous and honing its hacking skills.Hey-Hey, Ho-Ho, Mahmoud Abbas Has Got to Go
December 3, 2013
But rather than honing in on the present (Mrs. Obama included), the designer is focused on the bigger picture instead.Thom Browne’s Women’s Line Evolves in the Wake of Michelle Obama’s Inaugural Ensemble
Misty White Sidell
February 12, 2013
For most young men and women in fashion, honing a distinctive voice is, perhaps, the most difficult hurdle to building a business.Milan Fashion Week’s Big Finale: Versace and Dolce & Gabbana Wow, While Armani Falls Short
February 27, 2012
For his part, Newt Gingrich has clearly been honing his persona as condescending, arch, snide Big Thinker.Rick Perry Unleashes His Inner Cowboy in Fox News Debate
January 17, 2012
He was keen for the open stretches, honing to be gone down the wind.Tharon of Lost Valley
Vingie E. Roe
For that matter, I shouldnt wonder if you were honing to get rid of me.Baseball Joe, Captain of the Team
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.
- 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 honing
"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.