\ ˈswāj How to pronounce swage (audio) , ˈswej \

Definition of swage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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


swaged; swaging

Definition of swage (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

Examples of swage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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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First Known Use of swage


circa 1812, in the meaning defined above


1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for swage


Middle English, ornamental border, from Middle French souage

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The first known use of swage was circa 1812

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swage block

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“Swage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swage. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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transitive verb
\ ˈswāj How to pronounce swage (audio) , ˈswej How to pronounce swage (audio) \
swaged; swaging

Medical Definition of swage

: to fuse (a strand of suture) onto the end of a surgical needle


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