What does hone mean?

Definitions for honehoʊn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hone(verb)

    a whetstone made of fine gritstone; used for sharpening razors

  2. hone(verb)

    sharpen with a hone

    "hone a knife"

  3. perfect, hone(verb)

    make perfect or complete

    "perfect your French in Paris!"


  1. Hone(v. t.)

    to render more precise or more effective; as, to hone one's skills.


  1. hone(Noun)

    A sharpening stone composed of extra-fine grit used for removing the burr or curl from the blade of a razor or some other edge tool.

  2. hone(Noun)

    A machine tool used in the manufacture of precision bores.

  3. hone(Verb)

    To sharpen with a hone.

  4. hone(Verb)

    To use a hone to produce a precision bore.

  5. hone(Verb)

    To refine or master (a skill).

  6. hone(Verb)

    To make more acute, intense, or effective.

  7. Origin: From hon ‘whetstone’, from han, from hainō (compare Dutch heen, Norwegian hein), from ḱeh₃i- ‘to sharpen’ (compare Greek κώνος ‘cone’, Persian ‘whetstone’).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hone(verb)

    to pine; to lament; to long

  2. Hone(noun)

    a kind of swelling in the cheek

  3. Hone(noun)

    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

  4. Hone(verb)

    to sharpen on, or with, a hone; to rub on a hone in order to sharpen; as, to hone a razor

  5. Origin: [Cf. Icel. hn a knob.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hone

    hōn, n. a stone of a fine grit for sharpening instruments.—v.t. to sharpen as on a hone. [A.S. hán; Ice. hein; allied to Gr. kōnos, a cone.]

  2. Hone

    hōn, v.i. to pine, moan, grieve. [Perh. Fr. hogner, to grumble.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hone in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hone in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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Translations for hone

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • esmoladoraCatalan, Valencian
  • brousit, ostřit, brus, pilovat, bruska, brousek, vybrousit, nabrousit, naostřitCzech
  • ausfeilen, Wetzstein, feinschleifen, ziehschleifen, Schleifstein, honen, ausschleifenGerman
  • afilar, muela, aguzadera, asperón, amolar, amoladera, afiladera, aguzarSpanish
  • hoonata, hoonaustyökalu, hioa, liippakivi, liipataFinnish
  • perfectionner, aiguiserFrench
  • affinare, molare, mola, arrotare, affilare, coteItalian
  • 砥石, とぐJapanese
  • oroiMāori
  • kalibreren, slijpen, scherp maken, aanzetten, verfijnenDutch
  • esmerarPortuguese
  • хон, точильный камень, хонинговать, точить, брусок, оселок, затачивать, оттачиватьRussian
  • brynsten, slipa, finslipa, skärpa, bryne, brynaSwedish
  • சாணைTamil

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