Hone vs Foster - What's the difference?

hone | foster |


As nouns the difference between hone and foster

is that hone is 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 while foster is a forester.

As verbs the difference between hone and foster

is that hone is to sharpen with a hone while foster is to nurture or bring up offspring; or to provide similar parental care to an unrelated child.

As an adjective foster is

providing parental care to unrelated children.

As a proper noun Foster is

{{surname|A=An|English|from=occupations}}, variant of Forster.

hone

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) ).

Noun

(en noun)
  • 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.
  • A machine tool used in the manufacture of precision bores.
  • Derived terms
    * hone slate * hone stone

    Verb

  • To sharpen with a hone .
  • To use a hone to produce a precision bore.
  • To refine or master (a skill).
  • To make more acute, intense, or effective.
  • To pine; to lament; to long.
  • (Lamb)

    See also

    * grit * sandpaper * steel * strop * swarf

    Etymology 2

    Compare Icelandic word for "a knob".

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A kind of swelling in the cheek.
  • Derived terms
    * honewort ----

    foster

    English

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Providing parental care to unrelated children.
  • Receiving such care
  • Related by such care
  • Noun

  • (countable, obsolete) A forester
  • (uncountable) The care given to another; guardianship
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To nurture or bring up offspring; or to provide similar parental care to an unrelated child.
  • To cultivate and grow something.
  • Our company fosters an appreciation for the arts.
  • To nurse or cherish something.
  • (obsolete) To be nurtured or trained up together.
  • (Spenser)

    Antonyms

    * (cultivate and grow) hinder

    Derived terms

    * fosterable * fosterage * foster-child, foster child * fosterer * foster home * fosterhood * fostering * fosterment * foster parent

    Anagrams

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