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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
hone a skill (=improve it)
▪ The course will help you hone your writing skills.
▪ Following an invisible beam a miniature submarine hones in on the device, until it comes up on Simmo's television monitor.
▪ He had pointed it at another boy, then whirled round, honed in on Kayla and opened fire.
▪ Here's a tough but effective way of honing in on the most meaningful elements of your life.
▪ Soon the police hone in on him like hounds with snouts full of fear.
▪ It honed in on the prototypical shape that was behind all the degraded images.
▪ At midday, there were perhaps a dozen skiers cruising the city, some honing in on their predecessors' tracks.
▪ So Jorge Sampaio should have plenty of time to hone his speech-writing skills.
▪ Mark accepted this and used the waiting period to improve relationships and hone his skills.
▪ Instead they hone their personal fighting skills and come in times of need to fight in small warrior bands.
▪ The course is specifically designed to hone their skills to a professional level.
▪ This will improve your document while helping you hone your skills into professional quality.
▪ So, out of love For my straight sisters, I want to hone your skills until they're razor-sharp.
▪ Malkmus and Steve Kannberg, the principal songwriters of Pavement, have honed their skill to razor sharpness.
▪ Angel One was saved only by his superb reflexes, honed by years of martial arts training.
▪ In a smooth, reflex action honed by years of practice, I say no.
▪ His superb physical shape has been honed over the years by a practical approach to food and exercise.
▪ It was during this period that Bush honed his diplomatic skills.
▪ An election could come at any time, and policies across the board were being honed in readiness.
▪ It honed in on the prototypical shape that was behind all the degraded images.
▪ Mark accepted this and used the waiting period to improve relationships and hone his skills.
▪ So things were changed, honed down, made to appear not quite so militaristic.
▪ The student has to hone his skills to develop the power and speed to push the material past that limit.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Dog \Dog\ (d[o^]g), n. [AS. docga; akin to D. dog mastiff, Dan. dogge, Sw. dogg.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) A quadruped of the genus Canis, esp. the domestic dog ( Canis familiaris).

    Note: The dog is distinguished above all others of the inferior animals for intelligence, docility, and attachment to man. There are numerous carefully bred varieties, as the akita, beagle, bloodhound, bulldog, coachdog, collie, Danish dog, foxhound, greyhound, mastiff, pointer, poodle, St. Bernard, setter, spaniel, spitz dog, terrier, German shepherd, pit bull, Chihuahua, etc. There are also many mixed breeds, and partially domesticated varieties, as well as wild dogs, like the dingo and dhole. (See these names in the Vocabulary.)

  2. A mean, worthless fellow; a wretch.

    What is thy servant, which is but a dog, that he should do this great thing? -- 2 Kings viii. 13 (Rev. Ver. )

  3. A fellow; -- used humorously or contemptuously; as, a sly dog; a lazy dog. [Colloq.]

  4. (Astron.) One of the two constellations, Canis Major and Canis Minor, or the Greater Dog and the Lesser Dog. Canis Major contains the Dog Star (Sirius).

  5. An iron for holding wood in a fireplace; a firedog; an andiron.

  6. (Mech.)

    1. A grappling iron, with a claw or claws, for fastening into wood or other heavy articles, for the purpose of raising or moving them.

    2. An iron with fangs fastening a log in a saw pit, or on the carriage of a sawmill.

    3. A piece in machinery acting as a catch or clutch; especially, the carrier of a lathe, also, an adjustable stop to change motion, as in a machine tool.

  7. an ugly or crude person, especially an ugly woman. [slang]

  8. a hot dog. [slang]

    Note: Dog is used adjectively or in composition, commonly in the sense of relating to, or characteristic of, a dog. It is also used to denote a male; as, dog fox or g-fox, a male fox; dog otter or dog-otter, dog wolf, etc.; -- also to denote a thing of cheap or mean quality; as, dog Latin.

    A dead dog, a thing of no use or value.
    --1 Sam. xxiv. 14.

    A dog in the manger, an ugly-natured person who prevents others from enjoying what would be an advantage to them but is none to him.

    Dog ape (Zo["o]l.), a male ape.

    Dog cabbage, or Dog's cabbage (Bot.), a succulent herb, native to the Mediterranean region ( Thelygonum Cynocrambe).

    Dog cheap, very cheap. See under Cheap.

    Dog ear (Arch.), an acroterium. [Colloq.]

    Dog flea (Zo["o]l.), a species of flea ( Pulex canis) which infests dogs and cats, and is often troublesome to man. In America it is the common flea. See Flea, and Aphaniptera.

    Dog grass (Bot.), a grass ( Triticum caninum) of the same genus as wheat.

    Dog Latin, barbarous Latin; as, the dog Latin of pharmacy.

    Dog lichen (Bot.), a kind of lichen ( Peltigera canina) growing on earth, rocks, and tree trunks, -- a lobed expansion, dingy green above and whitish with fuscous veins beneath.

    Dog louse (Zo["o]l.), a louse that infests the dog, esp. H[ae]matopinus piliferus; another species is Trichodectes latus.

    Dog power, a machine operated by the weight of a dog traveling in a drum, or on an endless track, as for churning.

    Dog salmon (Zo["o]l.), a salmon of northwest America and northern Asia; -- the gorbuscha; -- called also holia, and hone.

    Dog shark. (Zo["o]l.) See Dogfish.

    Dog's meat, meat fit only for dogs; refuse; offal.

    Dog Star. See in the Vocabulary.

    Dog wheat (Bot.), Dog grass.

    Dog whelk (Zo["o]l.), any species of univalve shells of the family Nassid[ae], esp. the Nassa reticulata of England.

    To give to the dogs, or To throw to the dogs, to throw away as useless. ``Throw physic to the dogs; I'll none of it.''

    To go to the dogs, to go to ruin; to be ruined.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"whetstone," Old English han "stone, rock, (boundary) stone," in Middle English "whetstone" (early 14c.), from Proto-Germanic *haino (source also of Old Norse hein "hone").


1788, from hone (n.). Related: Honed; honing.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A sharpening stone composed of extra-fine grit used for removing the burr or curl from the blade of a razor or some other edge tool. 2 A machine tool used in the manufacture of precision bore. vb. 1 To sharpen with a hone. 2 To use a hone to produce a precision bore. 3 To refine or master (a skill). 4 To make more acute, intense, or effective. 5 To pine; to lament; to long. Etymology 2

n. A kind of swelling in the cheek. Etymology 3

vb. 1 (cx UK US southern US dialect English) To grumble. 2 (cx UK US southern US dialect English) To pine, lament, or long.


n. a whetstone made of fine gritstone; used for sharpening razors

  1. v. sharpen with a hone; "hone a knife"

  2. make perfect or complete; "perfect your French in Paris!" [syn: perfect]


Hône is a town and comune (population 1,146) in the Aosta Valley region of north-western Italy.

Hone (name)

Hone is both a surname and a given name. Notable people with the name include:

Usage examples of "hone".

Jacob and Stephen Maturin had been talking about the pleasanter sides of their evening with Mr Wright as they sharpened their instruments on variety of hones and oilstones by the Argand light in the orlop.

He also made certain that the falchion was loose in the sheaththe broad, thick, heavy blade was centuries older than the elderly arquebus, but cold steel was at least always dependable, if well honed and hard-swung.

As you approach the plaza, you see that it is littered with hones, the skeletons of adventurers just like yourselves who came to Bodach in search of the lost treasure and found, instead, their deaths.

Casting before him a cabbalistic incantation that smashed the etheric lattice of the window, and seemed to carry him with it, out of the pavilion he sprang, snatching up as he hurtled through a sword of honed steel from the bench.

With reflexes honed by years of battle, he wheeled his destrier and charged the forest where the attackers were hidden, with Payn a single galloping stride behind him.

Ale had loosened their tongues and honed their courage, and they were now boasting about what they would do to make Pyt and his men rue their decision to attack the nearby farms.

We had spears to sharpen, swords to hone and shields to repaint, revarnish and bind hard.

Radical ideologues, faced with Niagara-size flows of polluter money from Coors, Olin, Scaife, and others, set up magazines and newspapers and cultivated a generation of young pundits, writers and propagandists, giving them lucrative sinecures inside right-wing think tanks, now numbering more than 560, from which they bombard the media with carefully honed messages justifying corporate profit-taking.

The fine bones were clear under honed flesh and taut skin colored by the winds of Skaith to a darker bronze than her hair.

Telemachus, the cowherd and the swineherd, and told them to take up weapons honed for battle.

The only thing he could think of was Tath, and the honed blade he had just been handed to vanquish the Rashin clan.

The arrowheads were barbless mild steel, honed to a needlepoint for penetration, and one of the guerrillas had stood off thirty paces and sunk one of these arrows twenty inches into the fleshy fibrous trunk of a baobab tree.

He stood looking down at the incredibly innocently sleeping patheticness, then he took the knife and snapped the well honed blade off in a deep crack in the concrete of the platform and put the bladeless handle back in the open palm and went upstairs to bed.

Her predations are kept to a minimum while our armies are honed by fighting her.

At thirty-five, Lilliphane had a well honed appetite for sex, having already had three husbands, including the present perverted Eldred, who seemed only able to achieve orgasm when ramming himself into her back passage.