\ 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: Verb There are a multitude of tools to ream or swage the crimp out of the primer pocket. Bryce M. Towsley, Field & Stream, "7 Money Saving Tips for Reloaders," 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swage. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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\ 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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