• WordNet 3.6
    • n oilstone a whetstone for use with oil
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Oilstone A variety of hone slate, or whetstone, used for whetting tools when lubricated with oil.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n oilstone A slab of fine-grained stone used for imparting a keen edge to tools, and so called because oil is used for lubricating its rubbing-surface. Fine oilstones are often made of novaculite, a fine-grained variety of quartz.
    • oilstone To rub, or sharpen or polish by rubbing, on an oilstone.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Oilstone a fine-grained kind of stone used, when wetted with oil, for sharpening tools
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. oile (Fr. huile)—L. oleum—Gr. elaionelaia, the olive.


In literature:

Jed whistled a few mournful bars and sharpened a chisel on an oilstone.
"Shavings" by Joseph C. Lincoln
This is done on the whetstone, or oilstone.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
The oilstone and oil have already been described.
"Wood-Carving" by George Jack
A wooden holder for the oilstone will protect the fingers.
"Paper-Cutting Machines" by Niel, Jr., Gray
Coal along Arkansas river; iron ores in Ozark Mountains; salt springs near Ouachita; oilstone near Hot Springs; kaolin in Pulaski county.
"Alden's Handy Atlas of the World" by John B. Alden
Synonyms are honestone, whetstone, oilstone and sharpening stone.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 6" by Various
The filings of the oilstone being detergent suit with alopecia.
"Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times" by John Stewart Milne

In news:

All Oilstones are not Equal.