The definition of a hone is a fine grained, very hard stone which is used to sharpen cutting tools.(noun)
An example of hone is what a chef would use to sharpen their best knife.
Hone is defined as to sharpen or make something more effective.(verb)
An example of hone is a basketball player perfecting their dunk shot before a big game.
See hone in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < OE han, a stone, akin to ON hein, a hone < IE base *ko(i)-, to sharpen, whet > L cos, whetstone, cotes, sharp rock, Gr kōnos, cone
Origin: ME honen < NormFr honer < OFr houir, to disgrace (< Frank *haunjan, to scorn, insult, akin to OE hean, wretched) < IE base *kau-, to humiliate > Latvian kauns, disgrace; sense infl. by OFr hognier, to grumble, prob. of echoic orig.
See hone in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old English hān, stone; see kō- in Indo-European roots
Origin: . Hone in
Origin: , alteration of home in.
intransitive verb honed honed, hon·ing, hones
Origin: Obsolete French hoigner
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , perhaps from hon, cry of discontent.
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