Definition of Selvage

1. Noun. Border consisting of an ornamental fringe at either end of an oriental carpet.

Exact synonyms: Selvedge
Generic synonyms: Border

2. Noun. The edge of a fabric that is woven so that it will not ravel or fray.
Exact synonyms: Selvedge
Generic synonyms: Edge

Definition of Selvage

1. n. The edge of cloth which is woven in such a manner as to prevent raveling.

Definition of Selvage

1. Noun. (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. ¹

2. Noun. Any edge of fabric finished so as to prevent raveling. ¹

3. Noun. (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. ¹

4. Noun. (geology) A distinct border of a mass of igneous rock. It is usually fine-grained or glassy due to rapid cooling. ¹

5. Noun. (geology) Clay-like material found along and around a geological fault. ¹

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Definition of Selvage

1. the edge of a woven fabric finished to prevent raveling [n -S] : SELVAGED [adj]

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Literary usage of Selvage

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1. International Library of Technology: A Series of Textbooks for Persons by International Textbook Company (1906)
"In cases where a fabric is being woven with a loose weave, it is desirable to use a selvage motion for producing the selvages, since in this manner a much ..."

2. Archeological Explorations in Northeastern Arizona by Alfred Vincent Kidder, Samuel James Guernsey (1919)
"The selvage or edge-binding of these ancient fabrics is like that of the better class of Navaho blankets; that is to say, the threads are held in place ..."

3. A Study of Ore Deposits for the Practical Miner: With Descriptions of Ore by James Philip Wallace (1908)
"selvage or gouge is a soft, tough, clay-like material occurring between the ... selvage varies considerably in composition. When 63 parts of silica and 33 ..."

4. Chitty's Index to All the Reported Cases Decided in the Several Courts of by Edward Chitty (1888)
"The defendants sold black mohair goods with a dark grey selvage of nearly the same shade ... There was evidence that the selvage, though not actually white, ..."

5. A Digest of the Reported Decisions of the Courts of Common Law, Bankruptcy John Mews, Cecil Maurice Chapman, Harry Hadden Wickes Sparham, Arthur Horatio Todd by John Mews, Cecil Maurice Chapman, Harry Hadden Wickes Sparham, Arthur Horatio Todd (1884)
"The plaintiffs registered a trade-mark for worsted goods described as " a white selvage on each side of the piece Laving a ml and white mottled thread ..."

6. The Complete Housekeeper by Emily Holt (1903)
"Cut off selvage; turn ends in # inch; fold cut sides to middle making about i inch wide; fold again making about # inch; fold one end over ^ inch; ..."

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