the irregular, untrimmed edge of handmade paper, often used for ornamental effect in fine books and stationery, now often produced artificially on machine-made paper.
- Also called deckle.
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How to use deckle edge in a sentence
So far has this craze gone, that machine-made paper is often put through an extra process to give it a sham deckle edge.Bookbinding, and the Care of Books | Douglas Cockerell
Printed on the finest deckle edge paper and bound in the best silk finished cloth, with frontispiece and rubricated title page.The Wide, Wide World | Susan Warner
Handsomely bound in cloth, gilt tops, and printed on old Chester antique deckle edge paper.The Wide, Wide World | Susan Warner
The paper for the series will be specially made, deckle edge, with wide margins for readers' and students' notes.Life of Robert Browning | William Sharp
It is hard to turn to the page you want, with the deckle edge you now have.Astounding Stories, March, 1931 | Various
British Dictionary definitions for deckle edge
the rough edge of handmade paper, caused by pulp seeping between the mould and the deckle: often left as ornamentation in fine books and writing papers
a trimmed edge imitating this
- deckle-edged, adjective
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