• WordNet 3.6
    • n whetstone a flat stone for sharpening edged tools or knives
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Whetstone A piece of stone, natural or artificial, used for whetting, or sharpening, edge tools.☞ Some whetstones are used dry, others are moistened with water, or lubricated with oil. "The dullness of the fools is the whetstone of the wits.""Diligence is to the understanding as the whetstone to the razor."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n whetstone A stone for sharpening cutlery or tools by friction. Whetstones are made of various kinds of stone, the finer kinds being, a silicious slate, and when used are moistened with oil or water.
    • n whetstone Figuratively, that which sharpens, stimulates, or incites the faculties or appetites.
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  • Saying
    “Competition is the whetstone of talent.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “The dullness of the fool is the whetstone of the wits.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. hwetstān,


In literature:

It's colder'n a blue whetstone, so put on all the clothes you've got.
"Wayside Courtships" by Hamlin Garland
In the early twenties, he exchanged his chips and whetstones for single shares of bank stock.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
What he wants is ten quarts apiece, no matter if it's bluer'n a whetstone.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
It's colder'n a blue whetstone, so put on all the clothes you've got.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
Behind him, each of the natives had laid his stabbing-knife, skinning-knife, and whetstone.
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
B. Cobble, Whetstone, Tenn.
"American Missionary - Volume 50, No. 2, February, 1896" by Various
The author was George Whetstone.
"Kemps Nine Daies Wonder" by William Kemp
One day an Indian walked into my house and asked me for a whetstone.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Wheatstone is either for "white stone" or for the local Whetstone (Middlesex).
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
The Wanderer threw the whetstone amongst them, leaving them quarreling over it, and went on his way.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
Garth was oddly conscious of the fresh marks of the whetstone on the blade of the knife.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
These points can be sharpened along the line A B on a whetstone, and will cut like knives.
"Illustrated Science for Boys and Girls" by Anonymous
The whetstones and farming implements are placed in a heap in the public part of the Dyak house.
"Children of Borneo" by Edwin Herbert Gomes
You see, they use files rather than whetstones to sharpen their tools.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
He had put the whetstone in his pocket, and was once more leaning to the scythe.
"Harper's Young People, May 18, 1880" by Various
Walking is the whetstone of thought.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
Which he's the stoodent who stands up the stage over by Whetstone Springs.
"Faro Nell and Her Friends" by Alfred Henry Lewis
The scraping continued, and sounded like the grinding of an axe upon a whetstone.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
It is a sort of whetstone on which blades of various temperature operate.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 27, March 1893" by Various
Curly Bill, the San Simon chief, owned a better courage, and Wyatt Earp and Mr. Holiday found him at the Whetstone Springs.
"The Sunset Trail" by Alfred Henry Lewis

In poetry:

The trees are lopped, the poodles trim,
The laborer's nails pared level
Since those two civil servants set
Their whetstone to the blunted edge
And minced the muddling devil
"The Death Of Myth-Making" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Kaylyn Whetstone gets turn in party dress worn by her mother and grandmother.
Whetstones, grinders, even a Rachel Ray banded diamond honer.
Whetstone worked on projection mapping in Bogota's Plaza de Bolívar for Colombia's 200th anniversary celebration of independence from Spain.
Whetstone family member defends their role in historic preservation.
I wish to address a recent letter criticizing the issue of the Whetstone property located at the corner of King St and US 1.
Columbus Academy 56, Whetstone 12.
Norma Jean Pottorf Whetstone, 88, of Sidney, passed away at 10:38 am Wednesday, March 28, 2012.
Mark Trichka studies sculpture and photography in the exhibit Whetstone Brook Reflections put on by Brattleboro-West Arts, during Gallery Walk, Friday.
Michael Whetstone admitted to killing 34-year-old Stanley Rodriguez, found dead of a single gunshot wound.
Whetstone gets 45 years for 2010 Rodriguez murder.
Michael Whetstone pleads guilty to murdering Stanley Rodriguez.
Whetstone worked on projection mapping in Bogota's Plaza de Bolívar for Colombia's 200th anniversary celebration of independence from Spain.
Whetstone quarterback Ramroth Finnegan, who finished 21-for-38 passing for 252 yards and three touchdowns.
Whetstone gets benefit of key call.
"Bob" Whetstone , 77, of Sandusky, passed away unexpectedly early Saturday morning, Sept 22, 2012, in his home.