• Knife-sharpener
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sharpener any implement that is used to make something (an edge or a point) sharper "a knife sharpener"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sharpener One who or that which sharpens.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Sharpener one who sharpens
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  • Thomas Fuller
    “Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
    “The flame of anger, bright and brief, sharpens the barb of love.”
  • Confucius
    “The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Nothing sharpens sight like envy.”
  • Peter Ustinov
    Peter Ustinov
    “Parents are the bones on which children sharpen their teeth.”
  • Helen Keller
    “As selfishness and complaint pervert and cloud the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.”


Sharpen your pencil - (USA) If someone says this when negotiating, they want the other person to make a better offer, a lower price.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scearp; Ice. skarpr, Gr. scharf.


In literature:

The Chinese skinner was sitting on a log, rubbing a huge butcher's knife on a sharpening stone.
"An Outback Marriage" by Andrew Barton Paterson
Over by a little house on the river bank stood an old woman sharpening a sickle.
"The Pomp of the Lavilettes, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Yet her quick sense, sharpened by despair, read what was written in his eyes, and read it aright.
"The People Of The Mist" by H. Rider Haggard
We are men, whose perceptions a life of danger, has sharpened upon all points; I speak to you frankly, for disguise is unavailing.
"Eugene Aram, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
There's nothing like city life to sharpen a man's wits.
"Fruitfulness Fecondite" by Emile Zola
He carried a file along with them hoeing and would sharpen their hoes and fetch 'em water in their jugs.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
He could sharpen tools.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
With these sharpened shafts will I destroy thy pride.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
All of the people were dancing and Aponitolau went and sharpened his headaxe.
"Traditions of the Tinguian: A Study in Philippine Folk-Lore" by Fay-Cooper Cole
Pistols were oiled and reloaded, and swords sharpened.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. IX., March, 1862., No. LIII." by Various
Sharpen it, however, as you will, but in that way never.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 2" by Charles Dudley Warner
Then to the hatchets he said, "You hatchets must be sharpened," and they also sharpened themselves.
"Philippine Folk Tales" by Mabel Cook Cole
The custom prevails throughout the entire Negrito territory of sharpening the teeth.
"Negritos of Zambales" by William Allan Reed
The pleasure of finding him here was sharpened by the surprise.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
Although he had sharpened his stub of a knife-blade to a very respectable cutting-edge, it was far too small for the business.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
One could not get a plowshare sharpened, a bolt, or a bushel of coal without making the long trip to town.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
Its face is long and sharpened, the mouth very determined, and armed with numerous sharp teeth.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
How can I hold my wedge while I sharpen it?
"Rollo's Experiments" by Jacob Abbott
Then the shot, the devil-killer, the wit-sharpener.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
So when he had got them all safely the old man sat down on a bench before the cellar and began sharpening a knife.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry

In poetry:

The world's sharpened knife
Cut round my heart;
Then something was taken
And flung apart.
"When Childhood Died" by John Freeman
We with strife of life
Worn till all life cease,
Want, a whetted knife,
Sharpening strife on strife,
How should we love peace?
"Christmas Antiphones" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Yet though her soul must griefs sustain
Which she alone can know,
And feel that keener sense of pain
Which sharpens every woe;
"To Sensibility" by Helen Maria Williams
But soon my eyes unfix'd their stare,
My senses clearer now became,
And borne unto my sharpen'd ear,
I heard a sound, but not the same.
"A Dream" by Thomas Frederick Young
And lips and laughter are forgotten things.
Speed sharpens; grows. Into the night, and on,
The strength and splendour of our purpose swings.
The lamps fade; and the stars. We are alone.
"The Night Journey" by Rupert Brooke
No ; they who were thy Lords
Might sharpen sorrow's dart,
And they might tear the chords
That bound thy noble heart ;
But unto them it was not given
To keep thy soul from finding heaven.
"Hebrew Melody" by Mary Anne Browne

In news:

National process sharpened Cynthia Cronin's teaching focus.
Diana Kraft of DeKalb sharpens her game by listening to WNIJ as often as possible.
Sharpening a knife without a whetstone.
Hey Gear Guy, which devices (other than a traditional whetstone) can I use to sharpen my knife.
You are sharpening your handyman skills quicker and more professionally than I am.
The Harlingen Cardinals continue to sharpen their skills and get closer to a perfect regular season by shutting out the PSJA Bears at Boggus Stadium.
See how this top grower is sharpening business management and investing in the industry now and in the future.
Boiling, sharpening and baking made easier.
Maybe there'd be more magic if Skates had been sharpened.
Are sharpening their lobbying efforts, with seven executives flying to Washington next week to tell lawmakers that dividend hikes will hit seniors hard.
Sharpen those ice skating blades because summer is coming.
The BMS500 blade sharpener is designed to handle up to 3 blades with the performance to sharpen hundreds of blades per week, according to the company.
The young hoopsters have been hard at work sharpening their skills and getting ready for a new season for the blue and white.
Meat So Tough, yuh had to sharpen your knife to cut the gravy.
It's okay if you just sharpened it, but it gets wider and blunter every time you use it.

In science:

In recent years a number of research efforts have been aimed at sharpening the quantitative predictive power of CGC/saturation physics.
R-Current DIS on a Shock Wave: Beyond the Eikonal Approximation
Applications of the type discussed in may require such sharpenings.
Galois descent in Galois theories
Let us note that both Theorems 2.6 and 2.1 can be sharpened a little.
Dynamic monopolies with randomized starting configuration
This considerations sharpen the results, but it is still an interesting question, whether there exists a threshold t such that if t(cid:48) > t and p > t(cid:48)/ ln(n), then the initial random set of seeds is a dynamo and vice-versa.
Dynamic monopolies with randomized starting configuration
The main result of this section, Theorem 5.2, provides evidence in this direction by sharpening the following result, which, together with Lemma 3.11, implies that the Pr¨ufer p-rank of a minimal connected simple group of type (4) and of degenerate type is bounded by 2 for any prime p.
A Jordan decomposition for groups of finite Morley rank
Our main contribution, part (b) of Theorem 1.1, sharpens the earlier result of Cooper and Frieze to achieve optimal first-order asymptotics.
Rainbow Hamilton cycles in random graphs
As we mentioned in the introduction, we suspect that our result can be further sharpened within the o(1) term.
Rainbow Hamilton cycles in random graphs
The result (5) was later improved in several papers by sharpening the moment assumptions and relaxing the restrictions between n and p.
Phase Transition in Limiting Distributions of Coherence of High-Dimensional Random Matrices
The result (0.1) sharpens this and provides the correct form of the log correction term.
Cover times in the discrete cylinder
The homogenization method of was sharpened by Kosygina and Varadhan to handle time-dependent but bounded random potentials.
Quenched Free Energy and Large Deviations for Random Walks in Random Potentials
Z eitxpn (x) dx. efn (t) = Z eitx epn (x) dx, Under mild conditions on an and bn , the approximation (3.5) may be sharpened by using a polynomial weight function in the L1 -distance.
Convergence to Stable Laws in Relative Entropy
Due to Corollary 16, it can be sharpened, since we only need to consider one amenable set for each possible shadow.
On the generalized Feng-Rao numbers of numerical semigroups generated by intervals
At the nodes the usual discussion has to be sharpened by using some of the results (or easy variations of ) from .
Applications of Polyfold Theory I: The Polyfolds of Gromov-Witten Theory
With this result we are able to establish the convergence of the mixing times on the largest component of the Erd˝os-R´enyi random graph in the critical window, sharpening previous results for this random graph model.
Convergence of mixing times for sequences of random walks on finite graphs
It is of interest to sharpen this result for specific classes of sets.
Sets which are not tube null and intersection properties of random measures