- a specially woven edge that prevents cloth from raveling
- any specially defined edge of fabric or paper, esp., such an edge that is to be trimmed off or covered
- Rare the side plate of a lock through which the bolt passes
Origin of selvagefrom self + edge, influenced, influence by Middle Dutch selfegge
- a. The edge of a fabric, especially one that is woven or knit so that it will not fray, ravel, or curl.b. An ornamental fringe at either end of an Oriental rug.
- The edge plate of a lock that has a slot for a bolt.
Origin of selvageMiddle English ( influenced by Middle Low German selfegge ) self self ; see self . egge edge ; see edge .
(countable and uncountable, plural selvages)
- (weaving) 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.
- Any edge of fabric finished so as to prevent raveling.
- (printing) The excess area of any printed or perforated sheet, such as the border on a sheet of postage stamps or the wide margins of an engraving.
- (geology) A distinct border of a mass of igneous rock. It is usually fine-grained or glassy due to rapid cooling.
- (geology) Clay-like material found along and around a geological fault.
- The edge plate of a lock, through which the bolt passes.