Selvage meaning

sĕlvĭj
(geology) A distinct border of a mass of igneous rock. It is usually fine-grained or glassy due to rapid cooling.
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The edge plate of a lock that has a slot for a bolt.
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A specially woven edge that prevents cloth from raveling.
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Any specially defined edge of fabric or paper, esp., such an edge that is to be trimmed off or covered.
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(rare) The side plate of a lock through which the bolt passes.
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(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.
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Any edge of fabric finished so as to prevent raveling.

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(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.
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(geology) Clay-like material found along and around a geological fault.
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The edge plate of a lock, through which the bolt passes.

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Origin of selvage

  • Middle English (influenced by Middle Low German selfegge) self self self egge edge edge

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • A corruption of "self-edge".

    From Wiktionary