Whet-stone

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Whet-stone a stone for sharpening edged instruments: a stimulant
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwettanhwæt, sharp; Ger. wetzen.

Usage

In literature:

He practiced with his rope and played with his sharp knife, which he had learned to keep keen by whetting upon flat stones.
"Tarzan of the Apes" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Then he would put it on the stone again and whet, whet, whet, till I could have laughed aloud, it was so very ludicrous.
"The Sea-Wolf" by Jack London
His only food was a few shell-fish, and by way of a knife he had a large nail, which he whetted to an edge on a stone.
"Essays in Little" by Andrew Lang
The banks at this point were all sand drift; we could not find a stone large enough to whet our knives.
"The Lure of the Labrador Wild" by Dillon Wallace
Then abruptly his voice fell, his muscles relaxed, he resumed the rythmical whetting with the stone.
"The Leopard Woman" by Stewart Edward White
And they were driven back by those stone-whetted shafts of mine.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
And they were driven back by those stone-whetted shafts of mine.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
And this quiver bearing five images of tigers, full of yellowish shafts whetted on stone and furnished with golden wings belong to Nakula.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
Without stood the Angel of Death, whetting his sword upon the stones of Babylon.
"Marzio's Crucifix and Zoroaster" by F. Marion Crawford
These he took, and with no small labour whetted against a stone, until he made them sharp like knives.
"The True Story Book"
It was a knife of whetted stone or bone.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
Fools are the whet-stones ov society.
"The Complete Works of Josh Billings" by Henry W. Shaw
If he were my knife and I carried him at my belt, I would whet him on a stone pretty often, for he is a trifle dull.
"The Deluge, Vol. II. (of 2)" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
I heard the clanging slur of the scythe stone as he whetted the blade.
"The White Peacock" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Whet it upon thy stone.
"Zoraida" by William Le Queux
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In poetry:

They have whetted their teeth against the stones,
And now they pick the Bishop's bones:
They gnaw'd the flesh from every limb,
For they were sent to do judgment on him!
"God's Judgment on a Wicked Bishop" by Robert Southey