[ oil-stohn ]

  1. a block of fine-grained stone, usually oiled, for putting the final edge on certain cutting tools by abrasion.

Origin of oilstone

First recorded in 1575–85; oil + stone

Words Nearby oilstone

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How to use oilstone in a sentence

  • The face of the regulator is now placed on the ground glass after smearing it with oil and oilstone dust.

  • This mistake is sometimes made in using the oilstone, by rubbing the tool on both sides instead of on one only.

    Carpentry and Woodwork | Edwin W. Foster
  • Synonyms are honestone, whetstone, oilstone and sharpening stone.

  • Jed whistled a few mournful bars and sharpened a chisel on an oilstone.

    Shavings | Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The handle of the tool should be grasped in the left hand, while its blade rests on a block of wood, or on the oilstone.

    Wood-Carving | George Jack

British Dictionary definitions for oilstone


/ (ˈɔɪlˌstəʊn) /

  1. a stone with a fine grain lubricated with oil and used for sharpening cutting tools: See also whetstone

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