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hone 1

 (hōn)
n.
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, hones
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.
Phrasal Verb:
hone in
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.]

hone 2

 (hōn)
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.]

hone

(həʊn)
n
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
vb
(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

hone

(həʊn)
vb (intr)
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]

hone1

(hoʊn)

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]

hone2

(hoʊn)

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]

hone


Past participle: honed
Gerund: honing

Imperative
hone
hone
Present
I hone
you hone
he/she/it hones
we hone
you hone
they hone
Preterite
I honed
you honed
he/she/it honed
we honed
you honed
they honed
Present Continuous
I am honing
you are honing
he/she/it is honing
we are honing
you are honing
they are honing
Present Perfect
I have honed
you have honed
he/she/it has honed
we have honed
you have honed
they have honed
Past Continuous
I was honing
you were honing
he/she/it was honing
we were honing
you were honing
they were honing
Past Perfect
I had honed
you had honed
he/she/it had honed
we had honed
you had honed
they had honed
Future
I will hone
you will hone
he/she/it will hone
we will hone
you will hone
they will hone
Future Perfect
I will have honed
you will have honed
he/she/it will have honed
we will have honed
you will have honed
they will have honed
Future Continuous
I will be honing
you will be honing
he/she/it will be honing
we will be honing
you will be honing
they will be honing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been honing
you have been honing
he/she/it has been honing
we have been honing
you have been honing
they have been honing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been honing
you will have been honing
he/she/it will have been honing
we will have been honing
you will have been honing
they will have been honing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been honing
you had been honing
he/she/it had been honing
we had been honing
you had been honing
they had been honing
Conditional
I would hone
you would hone
he/she/it would hone
we would hone
you would hone
they would hone
Past Conditional
I would have honed
you would have honed
he/she/it would have honed
we would have honed
you would have honed
they would have honed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hone - a whetstone made of fine gritstone; used for sharpening razors
whetstone - a flat stone for sharpening edged tools or knives
Verb1.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!"
optimise, optimize - make optimal; get the most out of; use best; "optimize your resources"
ameliorate, improve, meliorate, amend, better - to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
polish up, brush up, round off, polish, round - bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state; "polish your social manners"

hone

verb
1. improve, better, polish, enhance, upgrade, refine, sharpen, augment, help honing the skills of senior managers
2. sharpen, point, grind, edge, file, polish, whet, strop four grinding wheels for honing fine-edged tools
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.

hone 1

verb
To give a sharp edge to:

hone 2

verb
Informal. To have a strong longing for:
Translations
hioateroittaa

hone

[həʊn]
A. VTafilar
B. Npiedra f de afilar

hone

[ˈhəʊn]
vt
[+ skill, technique] → affûter, aiguiser
[+ blade, tool] → affûter, aiguiser
npierre f à aiguiser

hone

nSchleifstein m, → Wetzstein m
vt bladeschleifen; (fig) personaufbauen; (as a successor) → heranziehen; skillsvervollkommnen

hone

[həʊn] vt (sharpen) → affilare; (fig) → affinare
References in classic literature ?
This spade is sharp as hone can make it; the spademan's feet are shoeless; the thing he stands on will sometimes irresistibly slide away from him, like a sledge.
He had forgotten all about his work, and was standing there motionless, leaning on his scythe; he had picked up his hone, it lay in his hand, and he had forgotten to use it.
But let me set my wits upon the hone, and if I cannae beg, borrow, nor yet steal a boat, I'll make one
He had suffered severely in his family during the recent war, having had every soul to whom he was allied cut off by an inroad of the enemy; and when the last lingering remnant of his nation extinguished their fires, among the hills of the Delaware, he alone had remained, with a determination of laying his hones in that country where his fathers had so long lived and governed.
Mowgli could see that neither wolf nor jackal had touched the hones, which were laid out naturally.
He worked much as a barber does who hones a razor, and with every evidence of similar practice; but his proficiency was the result of years of painstaking effort.
This was an antic fellow, half pedlar and half mountebank, who travelled about the country on foot to vend hones, stops, razors, washballs, harness-paste, medicine for dogs and horses, cheap perfumery, cosmetics, and such-like wares, which he carried in a case slung to his back.
McGregor, and then Johnny Hones, and then, dearie, your mother.
In this role, Hone will be responsible for supporting businesses with a turnover of up to Au25 million and will manage a team of regional staff supporting businesses across Wales and the borders, including Hereford, Shrewsbury, Telford and Worcester
They also found mammals that glided from trees (the Mesozoic equivalent of a flying squirrel), a classic transitional form of flying reptile called a pterosaur and even a weird little bucktoothed dinosaur," Hone said.
The ODA's Annual Report and Accounts said that Mr Hone, now chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, was entitled to statutory redundancy pay and a terminal bonus equivalent to 60% of his salary.
The stations are the only ones done by Evie Hone and they are priceless.