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Selvedge, Selvage  n.  
The edge of cloth which is woven in such a manner as to prevent raveling.
The edge plate of a lock, through which the bolt passes.
(Mining.) A layer of clay or decomposed rock along the wall of a vein. See Gouge, n., 4.

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"Selvedge" Quotes from Famous Books

... is now ready for work. A piece of plain web, about half an inch in width, is usually woven before the actual design is begun; this serves as a selvedge for turning in when the completed work is mounted, and also gets the warp into condition ...
— Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving • Grace Christie

... interspersed; also the magnolia grandiflora; in short, such a forest as may be seen in many parts of the Southern States. On both sides of the river, and for some distance up and down, this timbered tract is close and continuous, extending nearly a mile back from the banks; where its selvedge of thinner growth becomes broken into glades, some of them resembling flower gardens, others dense thickets of the arundo gigantea, in the language of the country, "cane-brakes." Beyond this, the bottom-land is open meadow, ...
— The Death Shot - A Story Retold • Mayne Reid

... a staple fabric of many years standing, being next in rank among cotton goods after the better grade of gingham. Chambray is a light-weight single cloth fabric that is always woven with a plain weave, and always has a white selvedge. In effect it is a cloth having but one color in the warp, and woven with a white filling, this combination producing a solid color effect, the white filling reducing any harshness of warp color in the cloth. It is composed of one warp and one filling, either all ...
— Textiles • William H. Dooley

... the millionaire could no more stuff himself with food and wine than could the beggar. It might be pleasant to take an added hour or two in bed in the morning, but to lie in bed all day would be an infliction. So it ran indefinitely—this thin selvedge of advantage which money could buy—with deprivation on the one side, and surfeit on the other. Candidly, was it not true that more happiness lay in winning the way out of deprivation, than in inventing safeguards against satiety? The poor man succeeding in making himself ...
— The Market-Place • Harold Frederic

... them anxiously. He saw that the selvedge of the cloud came no nearer. His hopes rose. His countenance grew brighter. The children noticed this and were glad, but said ...
— The Bush Boys - History and Adventures of a Cape Farmer and his Family • Captain Mayne Reid

... which is to tell the story of Christ's continuous unfinished work must stop abruptly. There is no help for it. If it was a history of Paul it would need to be wound up to an end and a selvage put to it, but as it is the history of Christ's working, the web is not half finished, and the shuttle stops in the middle of a cast. The book must be incomplete, because the work of which it is the record does not end until 'He ...
— Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts • Alexander Maclaren

Words linked to "Selvedge" :   edge, selvage, border

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