Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Fine metallic filings or shavings removed by a cutting tool.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the waste chips or shavings from metalworking or a saw cutting wood
  • n. the grit worn away by use of a grindstone or whetstone, being particles of the material being cut and of the cutting stone itself

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The grit worn away from grindstones in grinding cutlery wet.
  • intransitive v. To grow languid; to faint.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To faint; swoon.
  • n. Stupor; a fainting-fit; a swoon.
  • n. The grit mixed with particles of iron or steel worn away in grinding cutlery wet.

Etymologies

Of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse svarf.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1565, from Middle English *swerf, from Old English geswearf, gesweorf; akin to Old English sweorfan (modern English swerve), from Proto-Germanic. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But other waste streams pose bigger challenges, like this stuff called swarf (ph).

    CNN Transcript Oct 23, 2008

  • Like this stuff, called swarf, a mixture of metals shavings and liquid.

    CNN Transcript Oct 22, 2008

  • But other waste streams pose bigger challenges like this stuff, called swarf, a mixture of metal shavings and liquids.

    CNN Transcript Nov 23, 2008

  • Leveraging aluminum recyclability without property loss, Alcan and Airbus have also engaged into a full recycling program committing to reclaim a significant proportion of the aluminium chips (i.e. "swarf") generated during manufacturing.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • I use a small "super" magnet (about the size of a thumbnail) as a tool to catch swarf when i am drilling steel/iron etc ... madjack1987

    Top 10 Magnet Hacks | Lifehacker Australia

  • Behind each man the corn swarf lay like silk in the light of the poppies.

    favorite quote | clusterflock

  • And the women gathered the swarf by armfuls, spun bants of straw and tied in armfuls into sheaves, stacked sheaves into kivvers.

    favorite quote | clusterflock

  • I use a small "super" magnet about the size of a thumbnail as a tool to catch swarf when i am drilling steel / iron etc...

    Top 10 Magnet Hacks | Lifehacker Australia

  • BRADBURN: This swarf was getting landfilled up until a few years ago.

    CNN Transcript Oct 22, 2008

  • Moreover, the evil reputation of the master, and his strange and doubtful end, or at least sudden disappearance, prevented any, excepting the most desperate of men, to seek any advice or opinion from the servant; wherefore, the poor vermin was likely at first to swarf for very hunger.

    Kenilworth

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  • Swar -- wait for it -- f.

    August 25, 2009

  • Is this like bort?

    April 9, 2008

  • The wet or greasy grit abraded from a grindstone or axle; the filings or shavings of iron or steel. Hence, any fine waste produced by a machining operation, especially when in the form of strips or ribbons.

    February 15, 2008

  • remnants of filing

    February 9, 2007