Definitions for: Hone


[n] a whetstone made of fine gritstone; used for sharpening razors
[v] make perfect or complete; "perfect your French in Paris!"
[v] sharpen with a hone; "hone a knife"



Webster (1913) Definition: Hone, v. i. [Etymology uncertain. [root]37.]
To pine; to lament; to long. --Lamb.


Hone, n. [Cf. Icel. h[=u]n a knob.]
A kind of swelling in the cheek.


Hone, n. [AS. h[=a]n; akin to Icel. hein, OSw. hen; cf.
Skr. [,c][=a][.n]a, also [,c][=o], [,c]i, to sharpen, and E.
cone. [root]38, 228.]
A stone of a fine grit, or a slab, as of metal, covered with
an abrading substance or powder, used for sharpening cutting
instruments, and especially for setting razors; an oilstone.
--Tusser.

Hone slateSee Polishing slate.

Hone stone, one of several kinds of stone used for hones.
See Novaculite.


Hone, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Honed (h[=o]nd); p]. pr. &
vb. n. Honing.]
To sharpen on, or with, a hone; to rub on a hone in order to
sharpen; as, to hone a razor.


Hone, v. i. [Cf. F. honger to grumble.]
To grumble; pine; lament; long. [Dial.Eng. & Southern U. S.]

Synonyms: perfect

See Also: ameliorate, amend, better, brush up, improve, meliorate, optimise, optimize, polish, polish up, round, round off, set, sharpen, whetstone

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