hone

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hone make perfect or complete "perfect your French in Paris!"
    • v hone sharpen with a hone "hone a knife"
    • n hone a whetstone made of fine gritstone; used for sharpening razors
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hone A kind of swelling in the cheek.
    • n Hone A stone of a fine grit, or a slab, as of metal, covered with an abrading substance or powder, used for sharpening cutting instruments, and especially for setting razors; an oilstone.
    • v. i Hone To grumble; pine; lament; long.
    • Hone to render more precise or more effective; as, to hone one's skills.
    • Hone To sharpen on, or with, a hone; to rub on a hone in order to sharpen; as, to hone a razor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hone A stone used for sharpening instruments that require a delicate edge, and particularly for sharpening razors; an oilstone. A hone differs from a whetstone in being of finer grit and more compact texture. See honestone.
    • n hone A thin piece of dry and stale bread; also, an oil-cake.
    • hone To rub and sharpen on or as on a hone: as, to hone a razor.
    • hone To linger; delay.
    • n hone Delay; lingering.
    • hone To pine; long; yearn; moan.
    • hone To long for; crave.
    • n hone A kind of swelling in the cheek.
    • n hone A circular barrow or hill.
    • hone A dialectal contraction of hosen, plural of hose.
    • hone See och hone.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hone hōn a stone of a fine grit for sharpening instruments
    • v.t Hone to sharpen as on a hone
    • v.i Hone hōn to pine, moan, grieve.
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Quotations

  • Charles Swindoll
    Charles Swindoll
    “A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. hān,; akin to Icel. hein, OSw. hen,; cf. Skr. çāṇa, also çō, çi, to sharpen, and E. cone,. √38, 228
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. Fr. hogner, to grumble.

Usage

In literature:

The knife should be sharpened from time to time on the stone or hone.
"The Book of Sports:" by William Martin
When you sharpen a knife you put oil upon the hone.
"The Story of a Tinder-box" by Charles Meymott Tidy
I thought at first it was a razor hone, but Hector bites into it.
"Alex the Great" by H. C. Witwer
It lay there on the tray, its honed edge glittering in the light of the sun.
"Life Sentence" by James McConnell
Back in de old days, de white men am hones'.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Boy, I hone for Texas.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
There are a lot of lawyers and things in this town just honing for something dignified and stable.
"Gold" by Stewart White
It de blessin' of long life, and come with a blessin' of good health from livin' de clean, hones' life.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration
The Washita beds yield the well-known hone stone.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
An old grocer in the village had lent me Hone's "House that Jack Built," and similar pamphlets, all illustrated by Cruikshank.
"Christopher Crayon's Recollections The Life and Times of the late James Ewing Ritchie as told by himself" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Mr. Catherwood, however, brought out an old razor hone, and between them they worked off the rust.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. I." by John L. Stephens
Still, if it isn't honed and stropped it loses its edge.
"The Tempering" by Charles Neville Buck
The hone rung merrily upon the steel as the Governor sharpened the blade.
"Old Farm Fairies:" by Henry Christopher McCook
Your senses are honed.
"Caribbee" by Thomas Hoover
I suggest you hone your reading skills.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
Anton Martek, sitting on a pile of hay and honing an ax, looked up and grinned.
"Rescue Dog of the High Pass" by James Arthur Kjelgaard
Our well-trained hones seemed to understand the necessity for silence, and, it appeared to me, trod as cautiously as any of the party.
"The Perils and Adventures of Harry Skipwith" by W.H.G. Kingston
Why she worry eef she hones' man?
"Paradise Bend" by William Patterson White
These should be fined or honed to a perfect point, and the abrupt part of the barb filed down one-half.
"Woodcraft and Camping" by George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
Joe found the ax so sharp that he must have honed it after felling the last tree.
"The Lost Wagon" by James Arthur Kjelgaard
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In poetry:

O hone a rie'! o hone a rie'!
The pride of Albin's line is o'er!
And fall'n Glenartney's stateliest tree;
We ne'er shall see Lord Ronald more!
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott
"O hone a rie'! O hone a rie!"
The pride of Albin's line is o'er,
And fall'n Glenartney's stateliest tree;
We ne'er shall see Lord Ronald more!" -
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott
And crimp their wrinkles in a grin,
Jangling their great money bags.
While I eat grits
She fattens on the finest grain.
Now, as I hone my knife, she begs
Pardon, and that's
"Rhyme" by Sylvia Plath
S. Our winged friends through all the grove
Contemn thy mad excess of love:
I tell thee, Dame, the other day,
I met a parrot and a jay,
Who mock'd thee in their mimic tone,
And wept Columbo, dead and hone.
"The Turtle And Sparrow. An Elegiac Tale" by Matthew Prior

In news:

Hunters hone skills in S.A.
Local youth hone battle skills.
Hone your business communication skills.
Broncos' Jacob Tamme seizes chance to hone skills vs elite cornerback.
Syrian Rebels Hone Bomb Skills to Even the Odds.
Prince William County Democrats are honing in on the School Board's Occoquan seat, as officials say it might be a key chance for the party to capture a spot in a year when many voters might turn out for November's presidential election.
Young Bucks players hone skills in NBA Summer League.
Hone Means No More Searching For Keys.
Community Emergency radio operators hone skills.
Missouri pitchers hone craft in collegiate league.
Local FFA'ers hone leadership skills.
Nagel Precision offers the ECO H horizontal flexible honing machine designed for low volume job shops.
Horizontal Flexible Honing Machine for Low Volume Job Shops.
The machine consists of three servodrives and AB PLC and AB operator panel, and can hone up to 40 mm bores.
The 11th Street spot formerly occupied by Santa Fe Burrito is getting a Detroit-style makeover courtesy of Gregg Methot and Dawn Hone.
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In science:

In contrast to hierarchical classifications, where users systematically ‘drill-down’ to hone in on desired information, in sites based on social network navigation users interactively ‘jump connections’ in support of an exploratory information-seeking goal.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Typically, one can recognize in such a sum a discrete version of some random matrix integral and so one can ask whether the powerful and honed tools of the random matrix theory can be applied.
The uses of random partitions
New schemas may be formed as assemblages of old schemas; but once formed a schema may be tuned by some adaptive mechanism. This tunability of schema assemblages allows them to become “primitive’’, much as a skill is honed into a unified whole from constituent pieces.
Mathematical Models in Schema Theory
This became evident from our many attempts at measuring good transits with the Astrokolkhoz data, for which we were only able to obtain useable transit data after honing our technique over many previous transits (see Figure 2b).
Transit Timing Observations of the Extrasolar Hot-Neptune Planet GL 436b
In particular, we need to hone our tools connecting experimental inputs with QCD.
Exciting Baryons: now and in the future
Hone and Daniel Attinger for enlightening discussions.
Simple graphene chemiresistors as pH sensors: fabrication and characterization
Hone, Measurement of the elastic properties and intrinsic strength of monolayer graphene.
Simple graphene chemiresistors as pH sensors: fabrication and characterization
For example, the well honed arguments, based on the competition between energy and entropy, frequently fail dramatically.
Driven Diffusive Systems: An Introduction and Recent Developments
Hone, A new integrable equation with peakon solutions.
Nonlinear balance and exchange of stability in dynamics of solitons, peakons, ramps/cliffs and leftons in a 1+1 nonlinear evolutionary pde
This theory was honed by interaction with observations of galaxy clustering, the Lyα forest, the CMB and type Ia supernovae.
Dark Matter in Galaxies: Conference Summary
Hone, Integrable Systems and their Finite-Dimensional Reductions, PhD thesis, University of Edinburgh (1997). 48. A.N.W.
Painleve tests, singularity structure and integrability
Hone for the nice hospitality extended to him at the I.T.P. (where the present paper was completed), and R.
Multi-verses, Micro-universes and Elementary Particles (Hadrons)
We also observe that the common facet S erv ice in P hone produces more subtopics (5 subtopics) compared with those mentioned in DV D (1 subtopic).
Product Review Summarization based on Facet Identification and Sentence Clustering
This is because generally, P hone users tend to compare among many different service providers, while DV D users only complain about the service of that particular manufacturer in the review, with almost no comparison to its competitors.
Product Review Summarization based on Facet Identification and Sentence Clustering
Beyond honing intuition, the first effect of looking at events, displayed in appropriate coordinates, may be to validate in broad terms the prevailing picture of particle production.
Looking into Particle Production at the Large Hadron Collider
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