- 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 swaging
Decreased in diameter, width or thickness, by forging or swaging.
The welding of the whole may then be done at one heat, swaging the outside of the collar first.
The ends are upset or enlarged in order to leave enough metal to be dressed down flush, by swaging or by flattering.
- 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 swaging
"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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