• WordNet 3.6
    • n selvedge the edge of a fabric that is woven so that it will not ravel or fray
    • n selvedge border consisting of an ornamental fringe at either end of an oriental carpet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Selvedge (Mining) A layer of clay or decomposed rock along the wall of a vein. See Gouge n., 4.
    • Selvedge The edge of cloth which is woven in such a manner as to prevent raveling.
    • Selvedge The edge plate of a lock, through which the bolt passes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • selvedge See selvage, selvaged.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Self, + edge, i. e., its own proper edge; cf. OD. selfegge,


In literature:

The Willow-Wren was twittering his thin little song, hidden himself in the dark selvedge of the river bank.
"The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame
Her son, already elderly, had followed as the selvedge follows the piece, he had passed and left the new age stripped bare.
"Soul of a Bishop" by H. G. Wells
Below its fringe straggled a selvedge of coarse black hair.
"The Path of the King" by John Buchan
Irish stitch is worked parallel with the selvedges of the canvas.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
They are held firmly by the selvedge of the knitting.
"Beeton's Book of Needlework" by Isabella Beeton
The preparatory weaving that has been done is often useful afterwards as a selvedge.
"Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving" by Grace Christie
He saw that the selvedge of the cloud came no nearer.
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
Their route led along the shore, and among the dry sand-wreaths, swirled up near the selvedge of the woods.
"The Castaways" by Captain Mayne Reid
It stood upon the very bank of the stream, and the selvedge of willows looked like its prolongation.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
He saw that the selvedge of the cloud came no nearer.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid

In news:

A Blacksburg woman with an entrepreneurial streak and a hankering for great jeans started her own line of selvedge denim that is catching on with specialty shops from Richmond to New York City.
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Selvedge is, as the word suggests, the very edge of the denim fabric itself.