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ˈswāj How to pronounce swage (audio)
: a tool used by metalworkers for shaping their work by holding it on the work or the work on it and striking with a hammer or sledge


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swaged; swaging

transitive verb

: to shape by or as if by means of a swage

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Littler than the swage sleeve on a #1 micro Stopper. Jeff Jackson, Outside Online, 28 July 2022 The tracks for the sliding doors are baked into the tail light-to-tail lamp swage lines, which also visually minimize the door handles. Dan Neil, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2021
There are a multitude of tools to ream or swage the crimp out of the primer pocket. Bryce M. Towsley, Field & Stream, 23 June 2020

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Word History



Middle English, ornamental border, from Middle French souage

First Known Use


circa 1812, in the meaning defined above


1831, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of swage was circa 1812

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Cite this Entry

“Swage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swage. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

Medical Definition


transitive verb
swaged; swaging
: to fuse (a strand of suture) onto the end of a surgical needle
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