[ sel-vij ]
/ ˈsɛl vɪdʒ /
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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.
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Origin of selvage
OTHER WORDS FROM selvageselvaged, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH selvagesalvage, selvage
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How to use selvage in a sentence
Chambray is a light-weight single cloth fabric that is always woven with a plain weave, and always has a white selvedge.
This is a very simple matter in a great many fabrics that have a selvedge—the warp must be parallel to the selvedge.
The Willow-Wren was twittering his thin little song, hidden himself in the dark selvedge of the river bank.The Wind in the Willows|Kenneth Grahame
Even the item of selvedge, particularly in the Beluchistans, shows great skill in colouring and pattern.
In Bokharas proper the adornment of the selvedge usually is on the warp; as in the Bergamas and Beluchistans.
British Dictionary definitions for selvage
/ (ˈsɛlvɪdʒ) /
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
Derived forms of selvageselvaged, adjective
Word Origin for selvage
C15: from self + edge; related to Dutch selfegghe, German Selbende
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