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whetstone

[hwet-stohn, wet-]
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noun
  1. a stone for sharpening cutlery or tools by friction.
  2. anything that sharpens: a whetstone for dull wits.
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Origin of whetstone

before 900; Middle English whetston, Old English hwetstān. See whet, stone
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Related Words for whetstone

knob, cut, tunnel, nut, accent, pad, halo, buzz, circle, notch, rib, ring, washer, briar, whetstone, sticker

Examples from the Web for whetstone

Historical Examples of whetstone

  • What he wants is ten quarts apiece, no matter if it's bluer 'n a whetstone.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Which he's the stoodent who stands up the stage over by Whetstone Springs.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • Few horses had beaten Whetstone in a race since he became the Duke's property.

  • Saddle and bridle goes with Whetstone, all a free gift, if you can ride him, Duke.

  • Whetstone would not approach nearer than ten or twelve feet.


British Dictionary definitions for whetstone

whetstone

noun
  1. a stone used for sharpening edged tools, knives, etc
  2. something that sharpens
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Word Origin and History for whetstone

n.

Old English hwetstan; see whet + stone (n.).

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