[hwet-stohn, wet-]


a stone for sharpening cutlery or tools by friction.
anything that sharpens: a whetstone for dull wits.

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, sticker

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British Dictionary definitions for whetstone



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

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

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