or selvedge noun Etymology: Middle English selfegge, selvage, from self self + egge edge (after Middle Dutch selfegghe) Date: 15th century 1. a. the edge on either side of a woven or flat-knitted fabric so finished as to prevent raveling; specifically a narrow border often of different or heavier threads than the fabric and sometimes in a different weave b. an edge (as of fabric or paper) meant to be cut off and discarded 2. an outer or peripheral part ; border, edgeselvaged or selvedged adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

, (forming an edge)

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Selvage — Sel vage, Selvedge Sel vedge, n. [Self + edge, i. e., its own proper edge; cf. OD. selfegge.] 1. The edge of cloth which is woven in such a manner as to prevent raveling. [1913 Webster] 2. The edge plate of a lock, through which the bolt passes.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • selvage — mid 15c., 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.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • selvage — The nonpostage strip or strips on the edge of a pane of postage stamps that show the plate number(s), notice of copyright, and other markings or inscriptions. (Compare withplate block) …   Glossary of postal terms

  • selvage — or selvedge [sel′vij] n. [< SELF + EDGE, infl. by MDu selfegge] 1. a specially woven edge that prevents cloth from raveling 2. any specially defined edge of fabric or paper, esp. such an edge that is to be trimmed off or covered 3. Rare the… …   English World dictionary

  • Selvage — In a woven fabric, the selvage (or selvedge) is the uncut edge of the fabric which is on the right and left hand edges as it comes out of the loom. As such it is finished and will not fray because the weft threads double back on themselves. The… …   Wikipedia

  • selvage — (Class Ostracoda): In closing apparatus of valve, ridge like elevation along inner margin; fits into groove (selvage groove) of opposite valve. If margin is simple, selvage represents only ridge; if margin is complex (i.e., inner lamella with… …   Crustacea glossary

  • selvage — selvaged, adj. /sel vij/, n. 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.… …   Universalium

  • selvage — n. [A.S. self; edge, its own proper edge] (ARTHROPODA: Crustacea) In Ostracoda, the principal ridge of the contact margin sealing the valves closed …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • selvage — noun a) The edge of a woven fabric, where the weft (side to side) threads run around the warp (top to bottom) threads, creating a finished edge. b) Any edge of fabric finished so as to prevent raveling …   Wiktionary

  • Selvage — Piece of woven edging used to finish a piece of cloth to prevent it unravelling. [< Du. selfegge = self edge] …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.