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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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  • It was a safe offer, taking all precedent into account, for no man ever had ridden whetstone, not even his owner.

  • What he wants is ten quarts apiece, no matter if it's bluer 'n a whetstone.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • whetstone came to a sudden stop, lifted his head with a jerk, his ears set forward, snorting an alarm.

  • Which he's the stoodent who stands up the stage over by whetstone Springs.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • The Villiers motto, Fidei coticula crux, The cross is the whetstone of faith, is inscribed on the frieze.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • Few horses had beaten whetstone in a race since he became the Duke's property.

  • If whetstone didn't get him off pretty soon, he would be whipped and conquered, his belly on the ground.

  • He gave whetstone the reins and galloped after Vesta, who was already over the hill.

  • Jim Wilder stood by, swearing by all his obscene deities that if that man hurt whetstone, he'd kill him for his hide.

  • whetstone would not approach nearer than ten or twelve feet.

British Dictionary definitions for whetstone

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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