hone

1 [hohn]
noun
1.
a whetstone of fine, compact texture for sharpening razors and other cutting tools.
2.
a precision tool with a mechanically rotated abrasive tip, for enlarging holes to precise dimensions.
verb (used with object), honed, honing.
3.
to sharpen on a hone: to hone a carving knife.
4.
to enlarge or finish (a hole) with a hone.
5.
to make more acute or effective; improve; perfect: to hone one's skills.

Origin:
before 950; Middle English (noun); Old English hān stone, rock; cognate with Old Norse hein hone; akin to cone

honer, noun
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hone

2 [hohn]
verb (used without object), honed, honing.
1.
South Midland and Southern U.S. to yearn; long: to hone for the farm life; to hone after peach pie.
2.
Archaic. to moan and groan.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Anglo-French *honer; Old French hogner to grumble, growl < Germanic; compare Old Saxon hōnian to abuse, revile

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hone1 (həʊn)
 
n
1.  a fine whetstone, esp for sharpening razors
2.  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
3.  (tr) to sharpen or polish with or as if with a hone
 
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

hone2 (həʊn)
 
vb (often foll by for or after)
1.  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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hone
O.E. han "stone, rock," in M.E. "whetstone" (early 14c.), from P.Gmc. *khaino (cf. O.N. hein "hone"). The verb is 1788, from the noun.
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Example sentences
On honed marble, the stained area can be scrubbed with scouring powder between
  applications.
You're always cogent, but that one was honed to obsidian sharpness.
They peacefully honed their bodies and listened to music there.
It was a time when wealthy people, their tastes honed by travel, had.
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