Sharpen vs Knifegrinder - What's the difference?

sharpen | knifegrinder |


As a verb sharpen

is (transitive|sometimes|figurative) to make sharp.

As a noun knifegrinder is

one whose trade is the sharpening of knives on a grindstone.

sharpen

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • (transitive, sometimes, figurative) To make sharp
  • * (Edmund Burke) (1729-1797)
  • He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill.
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    Antonyms

    * blunt

    Derived terms

    * sharpener

    knifegrinder

    English

    Alternative forms

    * knife-grinder

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • One whose trade is the sharpening of knives on a grindstone.