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selvage

[sel-vij] /ˈsɛl vɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the edge of woven fabric finished so as to prevent raveling, often in a narrow tape effect, different from the body of the fabric.
2.
any similar strip or part of surplus material, as at the side of wallpaper.
3.
Also called margin. Philately. the surplus paper or margin around a sheet of stamps:
The number of the plate block appears in the selvage.
4.
a plate or surface through which a bolt of a lock passes.
Also, selvedge.
Origin
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English, respelling of self + edge, modeled on Middle Dutch selfegghe (Dutch zelfegge)
Related forms
selvaged, adjective
Can be confused
salvage, selvage.
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Examples from the web for selvage
  • Sides of the blanket shall be finished with a fast selvage.
  • Chain link mesh selvage edges must be knuckled into top and bottom rails.
  • selvage at bottom of chain link fence fabric shall be barbed, unless otherwise specified.
British Dictionary definitions for selvage

selvage

/ˈsɛlvɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the finished nonfraying edge of a length of woven fabric
2.
a similar strip of material allowed in fabricating a metal or plastic article, used esp for handling components during manufacture
Derived Forms
selvaged, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from self + edge; related to Dutch selfegghe, German Selbende
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Word Origin and History for selvage
n.

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").

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