whet·​stone ˈ(h)wet-ˌstōn How to pronounce whetstone (audio)
: a stone for whetting edge tools

Examples of whetstone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Simply stroke the blade along the whetstone until all the marker is removed. Craig Caudill, Field & Stream, 12 July 2023 Jacobs-Jenkins’s 2013 play takes place during a queasy reunion of three adult siblings at the former plantation in Arkansas that belonged to their recently deceased father — and, if anything, the past ten years have only taken a whetstone to the story’s blade. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 18 Dec. 2023 In addition to the faces and animals, grooves in one of the rocks were potentially used by Indigenous people in the area as a whetstone to sharpen their arrows. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 25 Oct. 2023 One option is to invest in a tool called a whetstone, sharpening stone, water stone, or diamond. Christina Manian, Rdn, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Oct. 2023 The Best Whetstone for Knife Sharpening The best whetstone for the job is the one your grandfather passed down. Craig Caudill, Field & Stream, 12 July 2023 Coaching is the whetstone. Vlad Voskresensky, Forbes, 5 July 2021 Your best option here is a whetstone sharpener. Edmund Torr, Popular Science, 25 Feb. 2021 Some gardeners use a small whetstone with sharpening oil. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 18 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of whetstone was before the 12th century

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“Whetstone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whetstone. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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whet·​stone ˈhwet-ˌstōn How to pronounce whetstone (audio)
: a stone for sharpening blades

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