- the edge of woven fabric finished so as to prevent raveling, often in a narrow tape effect, different from the body of the fabric.
- any similar strip or part of surplus material, as at the side of wallpaper.
- Also called margin. Philately. the surplus paper or margin around a sheet of stamps: The number of the plate block appears in the selvage.
- a plate or surface through which a bolt of a lock passes.
- the finished nonfraying edge of a length of woven fabric
- a similar strip of material allowed in fabricating a metal or plastic article, used esp for handling components during manufacture
n.mid-15c., “edge of web or cloth so finished as to prevent raveling,” apparently literally “its own edge,” a corruption of self + edge (n.); on analogy of Middle Flemish selvegge (cf. also Low German sulfegge; Dutch zelfkant, from kant “border;” Middle High German selbende, German Selbend, literally “self-end”).