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[swawrf] /swɔrf/
an accumulation of fine particles of metal or abrasive cut or ground from work by a machine tool or grinder.
Origin of swarf
1560-70; < Old Norse svarf, akin to sverfa to file, or continuing Old English geswearf, gesweorf Unabridged
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Examples from the web for swarf
  • For drill presses, you must be protected from the rotating chuck and swarf that is produced by the drill bit.
  • The secondary aluminum metal industry in the country treats recycled aluminum and low-grade aluminum scrap, such as swarf.
  • The secondary aluminum metal industry treated recycled aluminum and low-grade aluminum scrap, such as swarf.
British Dictionary definitions for swarf


/swɔːf; swɑːf/
material removed by cutting or grinding tools in the machining of metals, stone, etc
radioactive metal waste from a nuclear power station
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

"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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