See also: Whetstone


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A whetstone being used to sharpen a knife.


From Middle English whestone, whetston, whetesston, from Old English hwetstān, from Proto-West Germanic *hwattjastain (whetstone). Equivalent to whet (to sharpen) +‎ stone.



whetstone (plural whetstones)

  1. A sharpening stone; a hard stone or piece of synthetically bonded hard minerals that has been formed with at least one flat surface, used to sharpen or hone an edged tool.
    • c. 1598–1600 (date written), William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene ii], line 192:
      [T]he dullness of the fool is the whetstone of the wits.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room, Vintage Classics, paperback edition, page 88-89
      It was as if a stone were ground to dust; as if white sparks flew from a livid whetstone, which was his spine; as if the switchback railway, having swooped to the depths, fell, fell, fell.
  2. (computing) A benchmark for evaluating the power and performance of a computer.
  3. (figurative) A stimulant.

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whetstone (third-person singular simple present whetstones, present participle whetstoning, simple past and past participle whetstoned)

  1. (transitive) To sharpen with a whetstone.

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