Definitions for honehoʊn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

honehoʊn(n.; v.)honed, hon•ing.

  1. (n.)a whetstone of fine, compact texture for sharpening razors and other cutting tools.

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  2. a tool with a mechanically rotated abrasive tip for enlarging holes to precise dimensions.

    Category: Building Trades

  3. (v.t.)to sharpen on a hone.

    Category: Building Trades

  4. to enlarge or finish (a hole) with a hone.

    Category: Building Trades

  5. to make more acute or effective:

    to hone one's skills.

Origin of hone:

bef. 950; ME (n.); OE hān stone, rock; c. ON hein hone


  1. South Midland and Southern U.S. to yearn; long.

    Category: Dialect

  2. Archaic. to moan; groan.

* honed, hon•ing..

Origin of hone:

1590–1600; < AF *honer; OF hogner to grumble, growl < Gmc; cf. OS hōnian to abuse, revile

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(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

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