- the edge of woven fabric finished so as to prevent raveling, often in a narrow tape effect, different from the body of the fabric.
- any similar strip or part of surplus material, as at the side of wallpaper.
- Also called margin. Philately. the surplus paper or margin around a sheet of stamps: The number of the plate block appears in the selvage.
- a plate or surface through which a bolt of a lock passes.
Origin of selvage
Related Words for selvageedge, limit, surplus, threshold, brink, fringe, boundary, line, outskirt, skirt, verge, extra, frame, bound, rim, leeway, brim, space, hem, field
Examples from the Web for selvage
Historical Examples of selvage
Grifone saw the shape of her in it, saw her hand at the selvage.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
If the lock has a selvage, gain out the edge of the door or drawer to receive it.Handwork in Wood
But lend me the needle, and I'll see what I can do with the selvage.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition
The selvage is more closely woven and will draw or pucker in laundrying.
Corded silks are woven with a cord running from selvage to selvage.
- the finished nonfraying edge of a length of woven fabric
- a similar strip of material allowed in fabricating a metal or plastic article, used esp for handling components during manufacture
Word Origin for selvage
mid-15c., "edge of web or cloth so finished as to prevent raveling," apparently literally "its own edge," a corruption of self + edge (n.); on analogy of Middle Flemish selvegge (cf. also Low German sulfegge; Dutch zelfkant, from kant "border;" Middle High German selbende, German Selbend, literally "self-end").