swarf

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

1565, from Middle English *swerf, from Old English geswearf, gesweorf; akin to Old English sweorfan (modern English swerve),[1] from Proto-Germanic.

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Noun[edit]

swarf (uncountable)

  1. the waste chips or shavings from metalworking or a saw cutting wood
    • 1979, Cormac McCarthy, Suttree, Random House, p.95:
      Harrogate looked at the ground. A black swarf packed with small parts in a greasy mosaic.
  2. the grit worn away by use of a grindstone or whetstone, being particles of the material being cut and of the cutting stone itself

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Usage notes[edit]

Infrequently used after the 19th century; primarily in technical settings.

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Verb[edit]

swarf (third-person singular simple present swarfs, present participle swarfing, simple past and past participle swarfed)

  1. (Scotland) To grow languid; to faint.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      to swarf for very hunger

References[edit]

  1. ^ swarf” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online