[ swawrf ]
/ swɔrf /


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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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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