whet

Definitions

  • Whetting a Plane-Bit
    Whetting a Plane-Bit
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v whet sharpen by rubbing, as on a whetstone
    • v whet make keen or more acute "whet my appetite"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Grinding Angle, 20°;. Whetting Angle, 25° Grinding Angle, 20°;. Whetting Angle, 25°
Whetting a Gouge Whetting a Gouge

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Whet That which whets or sharpens; esp., an appetizer. "Sips, drams, and whets ."
    • Whet The act of whetting.
    • Whet To make sharp, keen, or eager; to excite; to stimulate; as, to whet the appetite or the courage. "Since Cassius first did whet me against Cæsar,
      I have not slept."
    • Whet To rub or on with some substance, as a piece of stone, for the purpose of sharpening; to sharpen by attrition; as, to whet a knife. "The mower whets his scythe.""Here roams the wolf, the eagle whets his beak."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • whet To make sharp; sharpen (an edged or pointed tool or weapon) by rubbing it on a stone, or with an implement of stone or other material.
    • whet To make sharp, keen, or eager; excite; stimulate: as, to whet the appetite.
    • whet To rub; scratch.
    • whet To prune or preen; trim.
    • whet To cut with a knife.
    • n whet The act of sharp-ening by friction; hence, something that provokes or stimulates; especially, something that whets the appetite, as a dram.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Whet hwet to sharpen by rubbing: to make keen: to excite:
    • pr.p Whet whet′ting: pa.t. and pa.p. whet′ted
    • n Whet act of sharpening: something that sharpens the appetite
    • v.t Whet hwet (obs.) to preen
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Quotations

  • Akhenaton
    Akhenaton
    “Indulge not thyself in the passion of anger; it is whetting a sword to wound thine own breast, or murder thy friend.”
  • John Quinton
    John Quinton
    “Our minds are like our stomachs; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetites.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Temperance and labor are the two best virtues. Labor whets the appetite, temperance curbs it.”

Idioms

Whet your appetite - If something whets your appetite, it interests you and makes you want more of it.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. hwettan,; akin to D. wetten, G. wetzen, OHG. wezzen, Icel. hvetja, Sw. vättja, and AS. hwæt, vigorous, brave, OS. hwat, OHG. waz, was, sharp, Icel. hvatr, bold, active, Sw. hvass, sharp, Dan. hvas, Goth. hwassaba, sharply, and probably to Skr. cud, to impel, urge on
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwettanhwæt, sharp; Ger. wetzen.

Usage

In literature:

The slight delay whetted his eagerness to read what Victoria had to tell.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Allison has a very happy faculty of hitting upon titles for essays and addresses that stir the imagination and whet the appetite.
"The Dead Men's Song" by Champion Ingraham Hitchcock
I'll take another whet at it afore long, and fill up the gaps.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VII. (of X.)" by Various
These innocent answers whetted the examiner's zeal.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
At the end of five minutes they stopped mowing and whetted their scythes again.
"The Simpkins Plot" by George A. Birmingham
Next are these with vulture-feather, golden-yellow in their hue, Made of iron, keen and whetted, whose may be these arrows true?
"Maha-bharata" by Anonymous
Every knife in all his band was whetted for that particular scalp.
"Under Fire" by Charles King
Enough of these remain to whet, though not to satisfy, the curiosity of the student.
"The Maya Chronicles" by Various
This only whetted the zeal and inquisitiveness of the inquisitors.
"Marion's Faith." by Charles King
Hit whetted my int'rest; I prodded ag'in, en with results.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
The little that is made known to us is just sufficient to whet the appetite and kindle the curiosity.
"A Short History of English Printing, 1476-1898" by Henry R. Plomer
Much was to be looked for from such a man, but even Mains, whetted by intercourse with Saunderson, was astonished at the sermon.
"Kate Carnegie and Those Ministers" by Ian Maclaren
This only whets their appetites.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
The more nearly the chisel can be whetted at the angle at which it was ground the better.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
Merely to stare down at Blent and wonder what was happening there whetted a curiosity it could not satisfy.
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
I fear we shall none of us get more than will whet our appetite.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
Death in its ghastliest forms only seemed to whet the thirst for the drink.
"Frank Oldfield" by T.P. Wilson
The vulture whets his beak on their bones, the wild-cat rends their flesh, both are unfelt, for your sons are dead.
"Folk-Lore and Legends: North American Indian" by Anonymous
The death of Marat, whetting old animosities tenfold, will be worse than any life.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Vol. V (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland III" by Various
In whetting the points hold the pen at an angle of 12 degrees.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
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In poetry:

The victim feels himself in hell
While he's with living men;
And he could whet the dagger well,
To take the life of friends.
"Strong Drink" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Already has he whet his sword,
And th' arrows in his quiver stor'd,
Already has he bent his bow,
Prepar'd into the field to go.
"Concerning The End Of The World" by Rees Prichard
Plunder, keen-ey'd and lean, rang with plaudits the sky,
Murder grinn'd as he whetted his steel;
While Blasphemy swore the Redeemer on high
Was the creature of Folly and Zeal.
"The Fury Of Discord" by Sir John Carr
There anger whets, but love can ne'er engage;
Caressing brothers part but to revile;
There all men smile, and Prudence warns the wise
To dread the fatal stroke of all that smile.
"Elegy XXIII. Reflections Suggested" by William Shenstone
`Now scythes are whetted and roses blow,'
Spring, carolling, said; `It is time to go.'
And though we called to her, `Stay! O stay!'
She smiled through a rainbow, and passed away.
"The Passing Of Spring" by Alfred Austin
"A father broods: 'Would I had set him
To some humble trade,
And so slacked his high fire,
And his passionate martial desire;
Had told him no stories to woo him and whet him
To this due crusade!"
"The Souls Of The Slain." by Thomas Hardy

In news:

The rebounding economy has whetted the public's appetite for steak.
Holiday sweets and more to whet the appetite.
Chicagoland, Food Chain, Food & Drink, Performing Arts and Arts blog post by Whet Moser.
Did our craft beer story from Thursday make you want to whet your whistle.
Appetites whetted by the arrival of spring insist on asparagus.
Whet Moser on CAN TV's Chicago Newsroom.
Typically, Whet Moser leaves the Reader thanking and praising us.
But it's important to whet potential customers' appetites with an appealing cover.
Whet your Thanksgiving appetite this weekend at Whole Foods in Annapolis, where an array of traditional holiday dishes will be showcased on Saturday noon-2pm.
Whatever your tastes and budget, they're a media server to whet your appetite.
It has improved his game and whetted his appetite for more.
After whetting our appetite the past few weeks, ESPN finally delivered a documentary in their latest batch of 30 for 30's that will go in the pantheon of great ESPN films such as June 17, 1994.
It's up to the poster to pique our interest, to whet our appetite.
It won't hit theaters 'til Christmas, but here's the trailer to whet your appetite.
In oral arguments before the Supreme Court, the solicitor general was asked whet.
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In science:

Whet her the agents will interact or not depends on the correctness of their code with respect to the specification of the application.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
However, it is as yet unclear whet her the available data for SN 2002ic can prove or disprove either the single- or the double-degenerate scenario, although the inferred resemblance to PPN systems is suggestive.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
Our goal here is only to whet the reader’s appetite, to show that Kuranishi cochains are an elegant and economical setting for Lagrangian Floer cohomology, and so to justify all the effort we have put into developing Kuranishi (co)homology, and perhaps persuade the reader that it is worth taking the time to learn.
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
Thus, I embarked on the preparation of this collection of problems, for those who wish to study mathematical physics and want to see some solved problems to whet their appetite. I hope that people who learn the sub jects treated in this collection of problems will find it useful.
A Collection of Exercises in Two-Dimensional Physics, Part 1
For a = 0 in IIA or IIB, we get the heterotic superpotential [75, 147] Whet = Z e−φ (dJ + iH ) ∧ Ω .
Flux compactifications in string theory: a comprehensive review
Cosmic ray data whets our appetite for the first collider data.
top2008 Conference Summary
Priya Natarajan’s results have whetted our appetite for further investigations of this sort.
Gravitational Lensing: Recent Progress and Future Goals - Conference Summary
Besides being of interest in themselves, these results whet the appetite for the richness of the CDF program on b physics during Run II, scheduled to start in the summer of 2000.
Two Recent Results on B Physics from CDF
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