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swarf

[swawrf] /swɔrf/
noun
1.
an accumulation of fine particles of metal or abrasive cut or ground from work by a machine tool or grinder.
Origin of swarf
1560-1570
1560-70; < Old Norse svarf, akin to sverfa to file, or continuing Old English geswearf, gesweorf
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swarf

/swɔːf; swɑːf/
noun
1.
material removed by cutting or grinding tools in the machining of metals, stone, etc
2.
radioactive metal waste from a nuclear power station
3.
small fragments of disintegrating spacecraft, orbiting the earth
Word Origin
C16: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse svarf metallic dust
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Word Origin and History for swarf
n.

"grit from a grinding tool," from Old English geswearf "filings," or Old Norse svarf "file dust," related to sverfa "to file."

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