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whet

whet

 
pronunciation:
wet [or] hweIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: whets, whetted, whetting
definition 1: to sharpen the cutting edge of (a knife or tool); hone.
He carefully whetted the blade of his dagger.
antonyms:
blunt
similar words:
grind
definition 2: to make keener, as appetite or curiosity; stimulate.
Reading his first novel whetted my appetite for his next one.
antonyms:
cloy, dull, surfeit
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of whetting.
definition 2: something such as a stone used to sharpen.
definition 3: that which stimulates; appetizer.
derivation: whetter (n.)