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whetstone

[hwet-stohn, wet-] /ˈʰwɛtˌstoʊn, ˈwɛt-/
noun
1.
a stone for sharpening cutlery or tools by friction.
2.
anything that sharpens:
a whetstone for dull wits.
Origin of whetstone
900
before 900; Middle English whetston, Old English hwetstān. See whet, stone
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whetstone

/ˈwɛtˌstəʊn/
noun
1.
a stone used for sharpening edged tools, knives, etc
2.
something that sharpens
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Word Origin and History for whetstone
n.

Old English hwetstan; see whet + stone (n.).

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whetstone in Technology
benchmark
The first major synthetic benchmark program, intended to be representative for numerical (floating-point intensive) programming. It is based on statistics gathered by Brian Wichmann at the National Physical Laboratory in England, using an Algol 60 compiler which translated Algol into instructions for the imaginary Whetstone machine. The compilation system was named after the small town of Whetstone outside the City of Leicester, England, where it was designed.
The later dhrystone benchmark was a pun on Whetstone.
Source code: C (ftp://netlib.att.com/netlib/benchmark/whetstonec.Z), single precision Fortran (ftp://netlib.att.com:/netlib/benchmark/whetstones.Z), double precision Fortran (ftp://netlib.att.com:/netlib/benchmark/whetstoned.Z).
["A Synthetic Benchmark", H.J. Curnow and B.A. Wichmann, The Computer Journal, 19,1 (1976), pp. 43-49].
(1994-11-14)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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