Monday, 9 April 2012

Entry: selvage (n.)

In context: "No more singeing the selvage of veils."

Definition: The edge of a piece of woven material finished in such a manner as to prevent the ravelling out of the weft. Also, a narrow strip or list at the edge of a web of cloth, which is not finished like the rest of the cloth, being intended to be cut off or covered by the seam when the material is made up.

Weft (n.), which is also unfamiliar to me: The threads that cross from side to side of a web, at right angles to the warp threads with which they are interlaced


SNOOT score: 1

Page: 222
Source: Oxford English Dictionary

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