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Meaning of WHET

Pronunciation:  wet

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  sharpen by rubbing, as on a whetstone
  2. [v]  make keen or more acute; "whet my appetite"
 

WHET is a 4 letter word that starts with W.

 

 Synonyms: quicken
 
 See Also: excite, sharpen, stimulate, stir

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Whet\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Whetted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Whetting}.] [AS. hwettan; akin to D. wetten, G. wetzen, OHG.
    wezzen, Icel. hvetja, Sw. v["a]ttja, and AS. hw[ae]t
    vigorous, brave, OS. hwat, OHG. waz, was, sharp, Icel. hvatr,
    bold, active, Sw. hvass sharp, Dan. hvas, Goth. hwassaba
    sharply, and probably to Skr. cud to impel, urge on.]
    1. To rub or on with some substance, as a piece of stone, for
       the purpose of sharpening; to sharpen by attrition; as, to
       whet a knife.
    
             The mower whets his scythe.           --Milton.
    
             Here roams the wolf, the eagle whets his beak.
                                                   --Byron.
    
    2. To make sharp, keen, or eager; to excite; to stimulate;
       as, to whet the appetite or the courage.
    
             Since Cassius first did whet me against C[ae]sar, I
             have not slept.                       --Shak.
    
    {To whet on}, {To whet forward}, to urge on or forward; to
       instigate. --Shak.
    
    
  2. \Whet\, n.
    1. The act of whetting.
    
    2. That which whets or sharpens; esp., an appetizer. ``Sips,
       drams, and whets.'' --Spectator.
    
    {Whet slate} (Min.), a variety of slate used for sharpening
       cutting instruments; novaculite; -- called also {whetstone
       slate}, and {oilstone}.
    
    
 

 

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