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

Examples of swarf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The swarf is collected and cleaned, and then can be remelted. Willy Shih, Forbes, 10 July 2022

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of swarf was in 1565

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“Swarf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swarf. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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