whet·​stone | \ ˈ(h)wet-ˌstōn How to pronounce whetstone (audio) \

Definition of whetstone

: a stone for whetting edge tools

Examples of whetstone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The chamber where the deer carvings are located held the remains of up to ten people, some of them cremated, as well as a whetstone, a greenstone ax and a flint knife. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 June 2021 The researchers speculate that Netherton’s inhabitants deliberately placed other objects, like gaming pieces, a spindle whorl and a whetstone, near the dagger for practical or ritualistic reasons. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 May 2021 The set includes a 7-inch vegetable knife, an 8.5-inch slicing knife, and a 5-inch utility knife, plus a whetstone for sharpening. Anna Lane, USA TODAY, 27 May 2021 Option #1: Use a Sharpening Stone A sharpening stone, which is sometimes called a bench stone or whetstone, is the simplest, most traditional way to sharpen scissors. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 5 Mar. 2021 Wipe off your whetstone, and clean and dry your knife. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 10 Feb. 2021 Sharpening a knife on a whetstone is as much art as science. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 28 Aug. 2019 For an at-home solution, most experts tout a whetstone as the best knife sharpener. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 13 Nov. 2020 Honing rods do not sharpen knives like a whetstone does, but can keep them sharp longer. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of whetstone

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Whetstone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whetstone. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of whetstone

: a stone used for sharpening knives, blades, etc.


whet·​stone | \ ˈhwet-ˌstōn How to pronounce whetstone (audio) , ˈwet- \

Kids Definition of whetstone

: a stone on which blades are sharpened

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