swarf
Pronunciation Noun

swarf

  1. (uncountable) The waste#Adjective|waste chip#Noun|chips or shaving#Noun|shavings from an abrasive#Adjective|abrasive activity, such as metalworking#Noun|metalworking, a saw#Noun|saw cut#Verb|cutting wood, or the use of a grindstone or whetstone. [from mid 16th c.]
  2. (countable) A particular waste chip or shaving.
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swarf (swarfs, present participle swarfing; past and past participle swarfed)

  1. (transitive) To grind#Verb|grind down.
Verb

swarf (swarfs, present participle swarfing; past and past participle swarfed)

  1. (intransitive, Scotland, obsolete) To grow languid; to faint#Verb|faint.
    • 1821 January 7, [Walter Scott], chapter IX, in Kenilworth; a Romance. [...] In Three Volumes, volume I, Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co.; and John Ballantyne, Edinburgh; London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co., OCLC 277979407 ↗, page 235 ↗:
      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.
Noun

swarf (plural swarfs)

  1. (obsolete) A faint#Noun|faint or swoon#Noun|swoon.



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