Whet

Definition of Whet

v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Whetted; p. pr. & vb. n. Whetting.]
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 Cæsar,
I have not slept.
- Shak.
To whet on
to urge on or forward; to instigate.
- Shak.
n.1.The act of whetting.
2.That which whets or sharpens; esp., an appetizer.
Whet slate
(Min.) a variety of slate used for sharpening cutting instruments; novaculite; - called also whetstone slate, and oilstone.

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