- a tool for bending cold metal to a required shape.
- a tool, die, or stamp for giving a particular shape to metal on an anvil, in a stamping press, etc.
- swage block.
- to bend or shape by means of a swage.
- to reduce or taper (an object), as by forging or squeezing.
Origin of swage
1325–75; Middle English souage < Middle French
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Examples from the Web for swage
Place the swage on the metal and have the helper strike the swage.The Library of Work and Play: Working in Metals
Charles Conrad Sleffel
The first operation is to swage down one end, as at a in Fig. 2945.
The bolster is formed with the aid of a die and swage called “prints,” and the tang is drawn out.
The fuller is essentially a spreading tool, while the swage may be termed essentially a shaping one.
Fig. 2864 represents a swage block mounted on bearers, so that it may be revolved to bring the necessary cavity uppermost.
- a shaped tool or die used in forming cold metal by hammering, pressing, etc
- a decorative moulding
- (tr) to form (metal) with a swage
C19: from French souage, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for swage
"to shape or bend by use of a tool," 1831, from swage (n.), the name of the tool for bending or shaping cold metal (1812), from Old French souage.
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