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  1. a tool for bending cold metal to a required shape.
  2. a tool, die, or stamp for giving a particular shape to metal on an anvil, in a stamping press, etc.
  3. swage block.
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verb (used with object), swaged, swag·ing.
  1. to bend or shape by means of a swage.
  2. to reduce or taper (an object), as by forging or squeezing.
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Origin of swage

1325–75; Middle English souage < Middle French
Related formsswag·er, noun
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Historical Examples of swagers

  • Tom is about 16 years old about five feet high light chestnut coller, smart active boy, and swagers in his walk.

    The Underground Railroad

    William Still

British Dictionary definitions for swagers


  1. a shaped tool or die used in forming cold metal by hammering, pressing, etc
  2. a decorative moulding
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  1. (tr) to form (metal) with a swage
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Derived Formsswager, noun

Word Origin for swage

C19: from French souage, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for swagers



"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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