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

Definition of whetstone

: a stone for whetting edge tools

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Recent Examples on the Web Many types of manual sharpeners are available, ranging from old-fashion whetstones, to ceramic V-sticks, to those with the sharpening apparatus built into the body of the sharpener in a V-shape for safety and ease of use. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Ways to Sharpen a Knife," 7 Dec. 2019 Bon Appétit’s Brad Leone helps show viewers the correct method for transforming your dull kitchen knives into pro-ready tools by using a sharpening whetstone. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Get your kitchen knives out and learn how to sharpen them correctly (video)," 2 Mar. 2020 Option #1: 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, "How To Get Your Dull Scissors Back To Work," 21 Jan. 2020 My father had visited and given us some tips on how to dampen the whetstones and sharpen the blade. Cain Burdeau, Fox News, "An ancient way to cut grass, scything's also a state of mind," 19 June 2018 My father had visited and given us some tips on how to dampen the whetstones and sharpen the blade. Washington Post, "Scything Zen: Ancient way to cut grass also a state of mind," 19 June 2018 Depending on the type of whetstone, apply a few drops of oil or water to the stone first. Cindy Daniel, Sunset, "How to Maintan Your Garden Tools," 22 Jan. 2018 The gamekeeper sharpens the blade with a whetstone and shows him how it is done. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Does Crafting Make People Happier?," 9 Apr. 2018 Whetstone was later given a chair in front of the box. Dan Campana, Aurora Beacon-News, "Attorney: Jury 'tainted' that convicted Aurora man of murder," 12 May 2017

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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 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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