whet-stone

whetstone

[hwet-stohn, wet-]
noun
1.
a stone for sharpening cutlery or tools by friction.
2.
anything that sharpens: a whetstone for dull wits.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English whetston, Old English hwetstān. See whet, stone

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

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whetstone
O.E. hwetstan; see whet + stone.
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