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Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Abraham Lincoln

Meaning of "sharpening" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF SHARPENING

sharpening  [ˈʃɑːpnɪŋ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SHARPENING

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Sharpening is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES SHARPENING MEAN IN ENGLISH?

sharpening

Sharpening

Sharpening is the process of creating or refining a sharp edge of appropriate shape on a tool or implement designed for cutting. Sharpening is done by grinding away material on the implement with an abrasive substance harder than the material of the implement, followed sometimes by processes to polish the sharp surface to increase smoothness and to correct small mechanical deformations without regrinding. A hand-held tungsten carbide knife sharpener, with a finger guard, can be used for sharpening plain and serrated edges on pocket knives and multi-tools.

Definition of sharpening in the English dictionary

The definition of sharpening in the dictionary is the act of making the edge of sth very thin or of making its end pointed. Other definition of sharpening is one of several very thin, small pieces of wood produced when you sharpen a pencil.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SHARPENING


award-winning
əˈwɔːdˌwɪnɪŋ
beginning
bɪˈɡɪnɪŋ
cleaning
ˈkliːnɪŋ
evening
ˈiːvnɪŋ
learning
ˈlɜːnɪŋ
listening
ˈlɪsnɪŋ
meaning
ˈmiːnɪŋ
mining
ˈmaɪnɪŋ
morning
ˈmɔːnɪŋ
opening
ˈəʊpənɪŋ
planning
ˈplænɪŋ
remaining
rɪˈmeɪnɪŋ
reopening
ˌriːˈəʊpnɪŋ
running
ˈrʌnɪŋ
stunning
ˈstʌnɪŋ
training
ˈtreɪnɪŋ
tuning
ˈtjuːnɪŋ
turning
ˈtɜːnɪŋ
warning
ˈwɔːnɪŋ
winning
ˈwɪnɪŋ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SHARPENING

sharp-sighted
sharp-sightedly
sharp-sightedness
sharp-tempered
sharp-tongued
sharp-witted
sharp-wittedly
sharp-wittedness
sharpbender
sharpen
sharpener
sharper
Sharpeville
sharpie
sharpish
sharply
sharpness
sharpshooter
sharpshooting
sharpy

WORDS THAT END LIKE SHARPENING

awakening
christening
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fastening
frightening
gardening
grand opening
happening
life-threatening
lightening
screening
shortening
strengthening
the top of the morning
thickening
threatening
tightening
weakening
whitening
widening
worsening

Synonyms and antonyms of sharpening in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «SHARPENING»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «sharpening» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of sharpening

Translation of «sharpening» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SHARPENING

Find out the translation of sharpening to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of sharpening from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «sharpening» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

锐化
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

afilado
570 millions of speakers

English

sharpening
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

Sharpening
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

شحذ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

заточка
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

afiação
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

স্পষ্টতার
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

affûtage
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Mengasah
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Schärfen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

鮮明化
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

선명
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Sharpening
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

mài
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கூர்மையாக்கலுடன்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

तीक्ष्ण करणे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

bileme
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

affilatura
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

ostrzenie
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

заточка
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ascuțire
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ακόνισμα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

slyp
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

slipning
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

oppskarping
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of sharpening

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SHARPENING»

The term «sharpening» is quite widely used and occupies the 26.836 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SHARPENING» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about sharpening

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10 QUOTES WITH «SHARPENING»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word sharpening.
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Common
One thing I have throughout my career, it felt like I did my best to align myself with quality artists, quality work, and it is a situation of steel sharpening steel.
2
Ryan Holmes
For everybody in their busy lives, you need to invest in sharpening your tools, and you need to invest in longevity.
3
Zora Neale Hurston
I do not weep at the world I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.
4
Brandon Jennings
During the lockout year, my focus was the basics, sharpening my moves, my fundamentals.
5
Diane Johnson
A novel's whole pattern is rarely apparent at the outset of writing, or even at the end; that is when the writer finds out what a novel is about, and the job becomes one of understanding and deepening or sharpening what is already written. That is finding the theme.
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Abraham Lincoln
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
7
Jerry Pournelle
The hard part of writing at all is sitting your ass down in a chair and writing it. There's always something better to do, like I've got an interview, sharpening the pencils, trimming the roses. There's always something better to do. Going to a writer's club?
8
Lucy Powell
The choice between a Labour government and a Tory one is sharpening minds.
9
Graeme Le Saux
Training is such a vital part of preparation for a game, you really do train to play. It tops up your ability, like sharpening a carving knife. You can get away with not doing it for a while, as long as you have reached a certain standard of fitness.
10
Daniel H. Wilson
In the future, when Microsoft leaves a security-flaw in their code it won't mean that somebody hacks your computer. It will mean that somebody takes control of your servant robot and it stands in your bedroom doorway sharpening a knife and watching you sleep.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SHARPENING»

Discover the use of sharpening in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to sharpening and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop, Camera ...
This second edition of the definitive book by the late Bruce Fraser teaches readers all they need to know about sharpening, including when to use it, why it's needed, how to use the camera's features, how to recognize an image that needs ...
Bruce Fraser, Jeff Schewe, 2009
2
The Perfect Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for ...
Includes bibliographical references (p. [220]-221) and index.
Ron Hock, 2010
3
The Razor Edge Book of Sharpening
History's first technical book ever written on the subject of sharpening. THE RAZOR EDGE BOOK OF SHARPENING by John Juranitch is the result of over 30 years of dedicated research and study on the subject of cutting edges.
John Juranitch, 1985
4
The Complete Guide to Sharpening
Discusses sharpening equipment, explains techniques and methods, and provides step-by step instructions for sharpening everything from chisels to drill bits
Leonard Lee, 1995
5
Fine Woodworking Best Tips on Finishing, Sharpening, Gluing, ...
This guide brings together nearly 350 shop-tested tips found in "Fine Woodworking" magazine--from storage solutions and surface preparation to milling lumber and power-tool strategies to insights into clamping, gluing, sharpening, finishing ...
Fine Woodworking, 2011
6
Sharpening the Warrior's Edge
Sharpening The Warrior's Edge is the first text which examines survival and combat performance from a scientific perspective.
‎1995
7
Sharpening Strategic Intelligence: Why the CIA Gets It Wrong ...
This book critically examines the weaknesses of American intelligence led by the Central Intelligence Agency in informing presidential decision making on issues of war and peace.
Richard L. Russell, 2007
8
Taunton ́s complete illustrated guide to sharpening
This must-have reference covers all types of sharpening equipment and methodsof sharpening hand tools. Includes sharpening power tool blades and bits.
Thomas Lie-Nielsen, 2004
9
Success with Sharpening
From the reasons why blunt tools ensure poor-quality work to advice on how to achieve the perfect cutting edge, this introductory guide makes the theory and mechanics of sharpening easy to understand.
Ralph Laughton, 2005
10
Sharpening Hand Tools: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-66
Sharpening is the process of removing metal. For rapid metal removal, use a stone, natural or man-made, that consists of comparatively coarse abrasive particles or grains. The coarse abrasives leave a rough edge; so after using a " coarse" ...
Max Alth, 1982

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SHARPENING»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term sharpening is used in the context of the following news items.
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The country's biggest knife-sharpener gets bigger
Des Plaines-based knife sharpener Cozzini Bros. is expanding its reach this week through a purchase. Cozzini, a 110-year-old knife-sharpening rental and ... «Crain's Chicago Business, Jun 15»
2
MacPherson: Sharpening your lawn mower blade a dull task
People are always asking me, "Roscoe, how do I properly sharpen the blade in my lawn mower?" I always tell them the same thing: My name isn't Roscoe. «Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Jun 15»
3
'Mac the Knife' can sharpen it
Every summer, Audrey Yoshiyama takes her knives to Bobby McBride's “Mac the Knife” stall at SOWA Sunday Market for sharpening. “I'm a serious cook and I ... «Boston Globe, Jun 15»
4
Bombardier Publishes its 2014 Activity Report, Sharpening our Focus
MONTREAL, May 28 /CSRwire/ - (Marketwired) - Bombardier announced today the release of its 2014 Activity Report, entitled Sharpening our Focus. «CSRwire.com, May 15»
5
WATCH: KFC cook caught on video 'sharpening knives' on pavement
KFC South Africa is facing a second video scandal after a cook from an Umhlanga outlet was filmed allegedly “sharpening” knives on a pavement next to a bin. «News24, May 15»
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Oil, Gas Investors Sharpening Activist Knives
Law360, New York (May 8, 2015, 6:21 PM ET) -- Harsh words from hedge fund manager David Einhorn this week over the viability of U.S. fracking companies ... «Law360, May 15»
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Breast cancer overtreatment costs U.S. $4 billion a year
WASHINGTON — Sharpening a medical debate about the costs and benefits of cancer screening, a new report estimates that the U.S. spends $4 billion a year ... «PBS NewsHour, Apr 15»
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Good neighbors: Amish residents rebuild a saw-sharpening shop …
Kaufman's Saw Sharpening Shop, 577 Fayette-Neshannock Falls Road, was gutted by flames the evening of Feb. 18. The Pennsylvania state police fire marshal ... «New Castle News, Apr 15»
9
Sparx Skate Sharpener aims to bring professional skate sharpening
Ask anyone who's sharpened skates professionally, and they will tell you that it's an art form. I worked in a hockey store for most of my teenage years, and even ... «Gizmag, Mar 15»
10
How to sharpen your knives like a pro
Knife sharpening, like shoe shines and TV repair, is something of a casualty in our throw-away culture, but learning to care for your tools is more than just ... «The Week Magazine, Mar 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Sharpening [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/sharpening>. Aug 2020 ».
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