whetstone


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whet·stone

 (wĕt′stōn′, hwĕt′-)
n.
A hard, fine-grained stone for honing tools. Also called snakestone.

whetstone

(ˈwɛtˌstəʊn)
n
1. (General Engineering) a stone used for sharpening edged tools, knives, etc
2. (General Engineering) something that sharpens

whet•stone

(ˈʰwɛtˌstoʊn, ˈwɛt-)

n.
a stone for sharpening cutlery or tools by friction.
[before 900]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whetstone - a flat stone for sharpening edged tools or kniveswhetstone - a flat stone for sharpening edged tools or knives
hone - a whetstone made of fine gritstone; used for sharpening razors
oilstone - a whetstone for use with oil
stone - building material consisting of a piece of rock hewn in a definite shape for a special purpose; "he wanted a special stone to mark the site"
Translations
حَجَر شَحْذ
slibesten
hiomakivi
brus
brÿni
gresie
osla
brus
biley taşı

whetstone

[ˈwetstəʊn] Npiedra f de amolar, afiladera f

whetstone

hwɛtstəʊn] nmeule f

whetstone

nWetzstein m

whetstone

[ˈwɛtˌstəʊn] ncote f

whet

(wet) past tense, past participle ˈwhetted verb
1. to sharpen (a tool) by rubbing it on a grindstone or whetstone.
2. to make (one's appetite) keen.
ˈwhetstone noun
a stone for sharpening the blades of knives etc.
References in classic literature ?
Nor did the whetstone which the harpooneers carried in their pockets, for their lances and other weapons; and with which whetstones, at dinner, they would ostentatiously sharpen their knives; that grating sound did not at all tend to tranquillize poor Dough-Boy.
I dropped pap's whetstone there too, so as to look like it had been done by accident.
Likhachev got up, rummaged in his pack, and soon Petya heard the warlike sound of steel on whetstone.
hissed the saber against the whetstone, and suddenly Petya heard an harmonious orchestra playing some unknown, sweetly solemn hymn.
Alleyne, on the other hand, must trust for his defence to his quick eye and active foot--for his sword, though keen as a whetstone could make it, was of a light and graceful build with a narrow, sloping pommel and a tapering steel.
A gay and pleasant sound is the whetting of the scythe in the mornings of June, yet what is more lonesome and sad than the sound of a whetstone or mower's rifle when it is too late in the season to make hay?
The same advantages may be drawn from these chapters, in which the critic will be always sure of meeting with something that may serve as a whetstone to his noble spirit; so that he may fall with a more hungry appetite for censure on the history itself.
Several pieces of the fossil wood were selected by the men to serve as whetstones.
The mowers from all sides, brought closer together in the short row, kept urging one another on to the sound of jingling dipper and clanging scythes, and the hiss of the whetstones sharpening them, and good-humored shouts.
NYSE MKT: BRG) ("BRG" or "the Company") announced today that it has acquired, through a joint venture, a 204-unit Class AA new construction apartment community known as Whetstone Apartments ("Whetstone") in Durham, North Carolina.
Liam Jones, 18, of Whetstone Lane, Birkenhead is charged with violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon.
Minister Mullighan said the agreement was reached through discussions with Genesee & Wyoming Australia, Viterra, Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock, Agriculture Minister Leon Bignell and the local member, Tim Whetstone.