whetstone
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /wɛtstəʊn/
Noun

whetstone (plural whetstones)

  1. A sharpening stone; a hard stone or piece of synthetically bonded hard minerals that has been formed with at least one flat surface, used to sharpen or hone an edged tool.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room, Vintage Classics, paperback edition, page 88-89
      It was as if a stone were ground to dust; as if white sparks flew from a livid whetstone, which was his spine; as if the switchback railway, having swooped to the depths, fell, fell, fell.
  2. (computing) A benchmark for evaluating the power and performance of a computer.
  3. (figurative) A stimulant.
Related terms Translations
Whetstone
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /wɛtstəʊn/
Proper noun
  1. An area in Barnet, Greater London (OS grid ref TQ2693).
  2. A large village/and/civil parish in Blaby (OS grid ref SP5597).
  3. CDP in Cochise County, Arizona.
  4. An unincorporated community in Clay County, West Virginia.
  5. Surname



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