Selvagee

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Selvagee (Naut) A skein or hank of rope yarns wound round with yarns or marline, -- used for stoppers, straps, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n selvagee Nautical, an untwisted skein of rope-yarn marled together and used for any purpose where a strong and pliant strap is required. Also selvage. See cut under nipper, 8.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Selvagee an untwisted skein of rope-yarn marled together
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old Dut. selfegge, self, self, egge, edge.

Usage

In literature:

SELVAGEE CONTRASTED WITH MAD-JACK.
"White Jacket" by Herman Melville
No wad is required over a shell, but a selvagee wad may be used in heavy rolling.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
This tail is usually selvageed, or else the strands are opened and laid up into sennit, as for a gasket.
"The Seaman's Friend" by Richard Henry Dana
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