• WordNet 3.6
    • n selvage the edge of a fabric that is woven so that it will not ravel or fray
    • n selvage border consisting of an ornamental fringe at either end of an oriental carpet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Selvage (Mining) A layer of clay or decomposed rock along the wall of a vein. See Gouge n., 4.
    • Selvage The edge of cloth which is woven in such a manner as to prevent raveling.
    • Selvage The edge plate of a lock, through which the bolt passes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n selvage The edge of a web or textile fabric so finished that it does not allow of raveling out the weft.
    • n selvage That part of a web at either edge which is not finished like the surface of the cloth, and which is meant to be torn away when the material is made up, or for use in making the seam. See list, 2.
    • n selvage In mining, the part of a vein or lode adjacent to the walls on each side, and generally consisting of flucan or gouge. It is usually formed in part by the decomposition of the rock adjacent to the vein, and in part by the washing in of clayey material to fill any vacancy which may occur along the walls of the fissure. See vein.
    • n selvage The edge-plate of a lock, through which the bolt shoots.
    • n selvage Same as selvagee.
    • selvage To hem.
    • n selvage In the making of tin-plate or galvanized iron, a thin ridge or list of the coating metal at the lower edge of the plate where capillary action resists the draining action when the sheet is on edge to allow the excess of fluid coating to run off.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Selvage sel′vāj that part of cloth which forms an edge of itself without hemming: a border: in mining, that part of a lode adjacent to the walls on either side: the edge-plate of a lock—also Sel′vedge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Self, + edge, i. e., its own proper edge; cf. OD. selfegge,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old Dut. selfegge, self, self, egge, edge.


In literature:

But lend me the needle, and I'll see what I can do with the selvage.
"The Light That Failed" by Rudyard Kipling
And shall I make this gore bias or on the selvage?
"Tish, The Chronicle of Her Escapades and Excursions" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
JOHN W. SELVAGE, 48th N. Y., Sept 10, 1863; First Lt. 36th U. S. C. T., March, 1865.
"Army Life in a Black Regiment" by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Then Dolly arose, and with one hand grasping the selvage of the curtain, fixed one long gaze upon her father's corpse.
"Springhaven" by R. D. Blackmore
A selvage man in chains hanging beneath the shield.
"Notes and Queries, Number 65, January 25, 1851" by Various
Hang sheets and tablecloths out straight and stretch the selvages even.
"The Complete Home" by Various
All along the selvage of Epping Forest there was excitement.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells
Remove the selvage and stretch the strip.
"Make Your Own Hats" by Gene Allen Martin
In a few cases a border or selvage of very simple construction is seen.
"Prehistoric Textile Art of Eastern United States" by William Henry Holmes
In these, the bolt includes a hook device of some kind to resist pressure perpendicular to the selvage.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes

In news:

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Dustin Selvage closed the gap in a big way against Clint Garner in the Knoxville Raceway 's 360 points race as Selvage passes Danny Heskin mid-way through the A-Main to get his third win of the season Saturday night.
For a colorful seam, the lining's selvage edge is on display.