hone

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English hon ‘whetstone’, from Old English hān, from Proto-Germanic *hainō (compare Dutch heen, Norwegian hein), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱeh₃i- ‘to sharpen’ (compare Greek κώνος (kónos) ‘cone’, Persian sān ‘whetstone’).

Noun[edit]

hone (plural hones)

  1. A sharpening stone composed of extra-fine grit used for removing the burr or curl from the blade of a razor or some other edge tool.
  2. A machine tool used in the manufacture of precision bores.
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Verb[edit]

hone (third-person singular simple present hones, present participle honing, simple past and past participle honed)

  1. To sharpen with a hone.
  2. To use a hone to produce a precision bore.
  3. To refine or master (a skill).
  4. To make more acute, intense, or effective.
  5. To pine; to lament; to long.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Compare Icelandic word for "a knob".

Noun[edit]

hone (plural hones)

  1. A kind of swelling in the cheek.
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Romanization[edit]

hone

  1. rōmaji reading of ほね