• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Swarf The grit worn away from grindstones in grinding cutlery wet.
    • v. i Swarf To grow languid; to faint. "To swarf for very hunger."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • swarf To faint; swoon.
    • n swarf Stupor; a fainting-fit; a swoon.
    • n swarf The grit mixed with particles of iron or steel worn away in grinding cutlery wet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Swarf swärf to faint
    • n Swarf a swoon
    • n Swarf swärf the grit from a grindstone in grinding cutlery wet.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Swerve


In literature:

I'm like to swarf (faint).
"Robert Falconer" by George MacDonald
Gosh, I near swarfed; dam'd, man, I near had dee'd o't.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson

In poetry:

I maist had swarf't whan to the door
I gaed and saw him staun,
He cou'dna leuk me in the face,
But tried to tak' my haun.
"Mary Lee: A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
The hoose was dark, the folk asleep,
They stood a wee to tak' their breath;
But Grannie swarf't, an' on the floor
She fell as white an' caul' as death.
"The Greetin' Bairn" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

The LiquiPac product line is a versatile family of centrifuges that can remove swarf and sludge from coolants and oils.
Chip Trapper Cleans Chips, Swarf and Shavings Out Of Coolants.
Exair's Chip Trapper offers a fast, easy way to clean chips, swarf and shavings out of coolants.