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.
Also, selvedge.

1425–75; late Middle English, respelling of self + edge, modeled on Middle Dutch selfegghe (Dutch zelfegge)

selvaged, adjective

salvage, selvage. Unabridged
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selvage or selvedge (ˈsɛlvɪdʒ)
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
[C15: from self + edge; related to Dutch selfegghe, German Selbende]
selvedge or selvedge
[C15: from self + edge; related to Dutch selfegghe, German Selbende]
'selvaged or selvedge

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Word Origin & History

c.1460, "edge of web or cloth so finished as to prevent raveling," apparently lit. "its own edge," a corruption of self + edge, on analogy of M.Flem. selvegge (cf. also Low Ger. sulfegge; Du. zelfkant, from kant "border;" M.H.G. selbende, Ger. Selbend, lit. "self-end").
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Computing Dictionary

selvage definition


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Example sentences
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.
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