from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A hard, fine-grained stone for honing tools. Also called snakestone.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. A benchmark for evaluating the power of a computer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A piece of stone, natural or artificial, used for whetting, or sharpening, edge tools.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. Figuratively, that which sharpens, stimulates, or incites the faculties or appetites.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a flat stone for sharpening edged tools or knives
That was of plain black leather, but it included a pocket that had once held some small tool and recalled the whetstone pocket on the manskin sheath of _Terminus Est_.
Shaftesbury's test (which is a part of the rake's creed, and what I may call the whetstone of infidelity,) endeavoured to turn the sacred subject into ridicule.
Lord Shaftesbury’s test (which is a part of the rake’s creed, and what I may call the whetstone of infidelity,) endeavoured to turn the sacred subject into ridicule.
The teeth of these people also, whatever they may suffer in their colour by chewing betel, are an object of great attention: The ends of them, both in the upper and under jaw, are rubbed with a kind of whetstone, by a very troublesome and painful operation, till they are perfectly even and flat, so that they cannot lose less than half a line in their length.
They include a whetstone from Norway, a bronze ringpin from Ireland, his sword with beautifully decorated hilt, a spear and a shield which survive only as metal fittings, and pottery.
They're not "wet stones" but rather "whetstones" as in "whet: to make keen or more acute;" whet my appetite "; to sharpen by rubbing, as on a whetstone"
Eh, I just use the minosharp for my Global knives since no one will sharpen them and I do not trust my hand at a whetstone.
He heard the whine of axe-blade on whetstone and the first shiver of fear went through him.
When done right, comics are a cognitive whetstone, providing two or three or more different but entangled streams of information in a single panel.
At the time of her death Wetzsteon pronounced“whetstone” was the poetry editor of The New Republic and a faculty member at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.