1. a flat stone for sharpening edged tools or knives
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Whetstone \Whet"stone`\, n. [AS. hwetst[=a]n.]
A piece of stone, natural or artificial, used for whetting,
or sharpening, edge tools.
The dullness of the fools is the whetstone of the wits.
Diligence is to the understanding as the whetstone to
the razor. --South.
Note: Some whetstones are used dry, others are moistened with
water, or lubricated with oil.
To give the whetstone, to give a premium for extravagance
in falsehood. [Obs.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a flat stone for sharpening edged tools or knives
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
The first major synthetic benchmark program,
intended to be representative for numerical (floating-point
intensive) programming. It is based on statistics gathered by
Brian Wichmann at the National Physical Laboratory in
England, using an Algol 60 compiler which translated Algol
into instructions for the imaginary Whetstone machine. The
compilation system was named after the small town of Whetstone
outside the City of Leicester, England, where it was designed.
The later dhrystone benchmark was a pun on Whetstone.
Source code: C
double precision Fortran
["A Synthetic Benchmark", H.J. Curnow and B.A. Wichmann, The
Computer Journal, 19,1 (1976), pp. 43-49].
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
Whetstone, AZ -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Arizona
Population (2000): 2354
Housing Units (2000): 1056
Land area (2000): 11.801071 sq. miles (30.564633 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 11.801071 sq. miles (30.564633 sq. km)
FIPS code: 82155
Located within: Arizona (AZ), FIPS 04
Location: 31.703917 N, 110.347996 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.