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hone

a whetstone for sharpening cutting tools; to make more acute or effective; perfect: He honed his skills at his father’s side.
Not to be confused with:
home – one’s own house or residence; abode, dwelling, habitation; domicile; asylum: Home is where the heart is.
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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 Usage Problem
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.]
Usage Note: The verb home has been used to mean "to return home" (what homing pigeons do) since the 1920s. The introduction of radar in World War II gave it the related meaning "to return home by following a beam or landmark" and then "to find a target via a beam or signal," as when pilots and aircraft homed on a target. In the 1950s the verb was extended to the figurative sense "to narrow attention on" and in was added, so the expression became home in on. A decade later hone in on, containing the verb meaning "to sharpen," began to be used in the same sense. Presumably the substitution was encouraged both by the similarity in sound and the overlap in metaphorical meaning: sharpening one's focus made as much sense as directing it homeward. Whatever its origin, hone in, despite being common, is often viewed as a mistake. In our 2015 survey, 36 percent of the Usage Panel disapproved of the example Direct mail allows you to hone in on your target audience, and 40 percent would not accept The purpose of the meeting was to hone in on strategies for improving the company's performance. If you prefer to employ the more widely accepted idiom, stick with home in or use zero 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.]
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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]
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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]
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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
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

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.
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hone 1

verb
To give a sharp edge to:

hone 2

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

hone

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

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

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

[həʊn] vt (sharpen) → affilare; (fig) → affinare
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