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1. A fine-grained whetstone for giving a keen edge to a cutting tool.
2. A tool with a rotating abrasive tip for enlarging holes to precise dimensions.
tr.v. honed, hon·ing, honesPhrasal Verb:
1. To sharpen on a fine-grained whetstone.
2. To perfect or make more intense or effective: a speaker who honed her delivery by long practice.
1. To move or advance toward a target or goal: The missiles honed in on the military installation.
2. To focus the attention or make progress achieving an objective: The lawyer honed in on the gist of the plaintiff's testimony.
[Middle English, from Old English hān, stone; see kō- in Indo-European roots. Hone in, alteration of home in.]
intr.v. honed, hon·ing, hones Informal
1. To whine or moan.
2. To hanker; yearn.
[Obsolete French hoigner, from Old French, perhaps from hon, cry of discontent.]
1. (Tools) a fine whetstone, esp for sharpening razors
2. (Tools) a tool consisting of a number of fine abrasive slips held in a machine head, rotated and reciprocated to impart a smooth finish to cylinder bores, etc
(Mechanical Engineering) (tr) to sharpen or polish with or as if with a hone
[Old English hān stone; related to Old Norse hein]
Usage: Hone is sometimes wrongly used where home is meant: this device makes it easier to home in on (not hone in on) the target
1. (often foll by: for or after) to yearn or pine
2. to moan or grieve
[C17: from Old French hogner to growl, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German hōnen to revile]
n., v. honed, hon•ing. n.
1. a whetstone of fine, compact texture for sharpening razors and other cutting tools.
2. a tool with a mechanically rotated abrasive tip for enlarging holes to precise dimensions.v.t.
3. to sharpen on a hone.
4. to enlarge or finish (a hole) with a hone.
5. to make more acute or effective: to hone one's skills.
[before 950; Middle English (n.); Old English hān stone, rock; c. Old Norse hein hone]
v.i. honed, hon•ing.
1. South Midland and Southern U.S. to yearn; long.
2. Archaic. to moan; groan.
[1590–1600; < Anglo-French *honer; Old French hogner to grumble, growl < Germanic; compare Old Saxon hōnian to abuse, revile]
Past participle: honed
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|Noun||1.||hone - a whetstone made of fine gritstone; used for sharpening razors|
whetstone - a flat stone for sharpening edged tools or knives
|Verb||1.||hone - sharpen with a hone; "hone a knife"|
sharpen - make sharp or sharper; "sharpen the knives"
set - give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor
|2.||hone - make perfect or complete; "perfect your French in Paris!"|
ameliorate, improve, meliorate, amend, better - to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
1. improve, better, polish, enhance, upgrade, refine, sharpen, augment, help honing the skills of senior managers