- 1Sharpen (a blade): he was carefully honing the curved bladeMore example sentences
- When the sharpener is pulled firmly across a double-sided blade, it hones both sides of the tool at once.
- In a small wooden case hanging from the cart, there are knife stones, sand paper and a special tool for honing the edge of new knives.
- He sat down on his bed and took out his sword, honing the edge on a small, flat rock.
- 2Refine or perfect (something) over a period of time: some of the best players in the world honed their skills playing street football (as adjective, with submodifier honed) a finely honed performanceMore example sentences
- Aides say mock debates help to hone his arguments and to keep his answers focused.
- With a view to providing an opportunity for the students to hone their skills, more colleges are entering into agreements with industries.
- That allowed the company to focus exclusively on the corporate market and hone its message as a provider of premium services and products.
- 2.1Give greater strength or firmness to (the body or a part of the body): she has been working hard to hone her physiqueMore example sentences
- Youthful, physically attractive bodies honed to perfection display the image we are expected to achieve.
- She also possesses a body honed to gymnastic perfection, making her look 10 years younger than her age.
- She has honed her muscles to a level which almost defies description.
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- A whetstone, especially one used to sharpen razors.More example sentences
- By the way, a diamond hone is the ideal tool for sharpening in camp.
- The stone often arrived rough, from where it went to another site to be finished into the actual hone.
- I like to start with a soft stone, such as the stick-like hones sometimes used by watchmakers.
Middle English: from Old English hān 'stone', of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse hein.
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