AskDefine | Define whetstone

The Collaborative Dictionary

Whetstone \Whet"stone`\, n. [AS. hwetst[=a]n.] A piece of stone, natural or artificial, used for whetting, or sharpening, edge tools. [1913 Webster] The dullness of the fools is the whetstone of the wits. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Diligence is to the understanding as the whetstone to the razor. --South. [1913 Webster] Note: Some whetstones are used dry, others are moistened with water, or lubricated with oil. [1913 Webster] To give the whetstone, to give a premium for extravagance in falsehood. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Word Net

whetstone n : a flat stone for sharpening edged tools or knives

English

Etymology

From whet + stone

Quotations

  • 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.

Translations

grindstone
  • Croatian: brus
  • Albanian: grihë
  • German: Schleifstein, Wetzstein
  • Hungarian: köszörűkő
  • Romanian: gresie
  • Serbian: brus
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