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hone

hone

 
 
pronunciation:
hon
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a fine-textured whetstone used to sharpen knives, razors, and other cutting tools.
definition 2: a precision tool with an abrasive tip that rotates, used to enlarge holes.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: honed, hones, honing
definition 1: to sharpen (a knife, razor, or the like) with or as if with a hone.
antonyms:
blunt, dull
similar words:
grind
definition 2: to enlarge (a hole) with a hone.
definition 3: to make more effective or adept; perfect.
He has honed his public speaking style and now sounds more confident.
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