[ swawrf ]
/ swɔrf /


an accumulation of fine particles of metal or abrasive cut or ground from work by a machine tool or grinder.

Nearby words

  1. swapo,
  2. swaption,
  3. swaraj,
  4. sward,
  5. sware,
  6. swarm,
  7. swarm cell,
  8. swarm intelligence,
  9. swart,
  10. swarth

Origin of swarf

1560–70; < Old Norse svarf, akin to sverfa to file, or continuing Old English geswearf, gesweorf

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British Dictionary definitions for swarf


/ (swɔːf, swɑːf) /


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

Word Origin for swarf

C16: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse svarf metallic dust

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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."

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