Grinder vs Swarf - What's the difference?

grinder | swarf |

Grinder is a see also of swarf.

As nouns the difference between grinder and swarf

is that grinder is (anatomical) a molar while swarf is the waste chips or shavings from metalworking or a saw cutting wood.




(en noun)
  • One who grinds something, such as the teeth.
  • * 2010 , A. J. Larner, A Dictionary of Neurological Signs (page 68)
  • Masseter hypertrophy may become apparent in persistent grinders .
  • (anatomical) A molar.
  • A power tool with a spinning abrasive disc, used for , smoothing, and shaping materials, usually metal.
  • A sandwich made on a long, cylindrical roll.
  • I am going to the deli to get a grinder for lunch.
  • *
  • A kitchen gadget for processing coffee, herbs etc. into small or powdered pieces
  • The restless flycatcher (Seisura inquieta ) of Australia, which makes a noise like a scissors grinder.
  • Usage notes

    The usage of grinder and related terms for sandwiches varies widely. In the Philadelphia area, for example, a "grinder" is distinguished from a "hoagie" in that the grinder is toasted or baked, and usually lacks lettuce.


    * (sandwich) submarine sandwich, sub, hoagie, torpedo, spuckie, hero, hero sandwich

    Derived terms

    * coffee grinder * bench grinder * angle grinder * die grinder




  • the waste chips or shavings from metalworking or a saw cutting wood
  • * 1979 , Cormac McCarthy, Suttree , Random House, p.95:
  • Harrogate looked at the ground. A black swarf packed with small parts in a greasy mosaic.
  • the grit worn away by use of a grindstone or whetstone, being particles of the material being cut and of the cutting stone itself
  • Usage notes

    Infrequently used after the 19th century; primarily in technical settings.

    See also

    * grind * grinder * grindstone * grit * hone * metalwork * smith * whet * whetstone


    (en verb)
  • (Scotland) To grow languid; to faint.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • to swarf for very hunger