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swarf

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noun \ˈswȯrf\

Definition of swarf

  1. :  material (as metallic particles and abrasive fragments) removed by a cutting or grinding tool



Origin and Etymology of swarf

probably from Middle English *swerf, from Old English geswearf, gesweorf; akin to Old English sweorfan to file away — more at swerve


First Known Use: 1565


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