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Meaning of HONE

Pronunciation:  hown

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a whetstone made of fine gritstone; used for sharpening razors
  2. [v]  make perfect or complete; "perfect your French in Paris!"
  3. [v]  sharpen with a hone; "hone a knife"

HONE is a 4 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: perfect
 See Also: ameliorate, amend, better, brush up, improve, meliorate, optimise, optimize, polish, polish up, round, round off, set, sharpen, whetstone



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hone\, v. i. [Etymology uncertain. [root]37.]
    To pine; to lament; to long. --Lamb.
  2. \Hone\, n. [Cf. Icel. h[=u]n a knob.]
    A kind of swelling in the cheek.
  3. \Hone\, n. [AS. h[=a]n; akin to Icel. hein, OSw. hen; cf.
    Skr. [,c][=a][.n]a, also [,c][=o], [,c]i, to sharpen, and E.
    cone. [root]38, 228.]
    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.
    {Hone slate}See {Polishing slate}.
    {Hone stone}, one of several kinds of stone used for hones.
       See {Novaculite}.
  4. \Hone\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Honed} (h[=o]nd); p]. pr. &
    vb. n. {Honing}.]
    To sharpen on, or with, a hone; to rub on a hone in order to
    sharpen; as, to hone a razor.
  5. \Hone\, v. i. [Cf. F. honger to grumble.]
    To grumble; pine; lament; long. [Dial.Eng. & Southern U. S.]