- an accumulation of fine particles of metal or abrasive cut or ground from work by a machine tool or grinder.
Origin of swarf
1560–70; < Old Norse svarf, akin to sverfa to file, or continuing Old English geswearf, gesweorf
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Examples from the Web for swarf
I never saw him plainer in my life than I did that moment; he held up an arrow as he passed me, and I swarf'd awa' wi' fright.The Mysteries of All Nations
I never saw him plainer in my life than I did that moment; he held up an arrow as he passed me, and I swarf'd awa wi' fright.The Monastery
Sir Walter Scott
Swarf, swrf, n. the grit from a grindstone in grinding cutlery wet.
- material removed by cutting or grinding tools in the machining of metals, stone, etc
- radioactive metal waste from a nuclear power station
- small fragments of disintegrating spacecraft, orbiting the earth
C16: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse svarf metallic dust
Word Origin and History for swarf
"grit from a grinding tool," from Old English geswearf "filings," or Old Norse svarf "file dust," related to sverfa "to file."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper