swarf

noun
\ ˈswȯrf How to pronounce swarf (audio) \

Definition of swarf

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

First Known Use of swarf

1565, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for swarf

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

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“Swarf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swarf. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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