American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Firm-textured, compactly twisted woolen yarn made from long-staple fibers.
- n. Fabric made from such yarn.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A variety of woolen yarn or thread, spun from long-staple wool which has been combed, and in the spinning is twisted harder than is usual. It is knitted or woven into stockings, carpets, etc.
- n. Woolen yarn for ornamental needlework and knitting. The principal varieties are Berlin wool; zephyr-wool, which is very soft, and of which there are several grades, as single zephyr, double zephyr, split zephyr; Andalusian wool, which is tightly twisted; Shetland and Pyrenean, which are of finer qualities; and leviathan, which is very full and soft, and designed for embroidery on coarse canvas.
- Consisting of worsted; made of worsted yarn: as, worsted stockings.
- n. Yarn made from long strands of wool.
- n. The fine, smooth fabric made from such wool yarn.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of worst.
- adj. Defeated, overcome.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Well-twisted yarn spun of long-staple wool which has been combed to lay the fibers parallel, used for carpets, cloth, hosiery, gloves, and the like.
- n. Fine and soft woolen yarn, untwisted or lightly twisted, used in knitting and embroidery.
- n. a woolen fabric with a hard textured surface and no nap; woven of worsted yarns
- n. a tightly twisted woolen yarn spun from long-staple wool
- Participle adjective of the verb worst. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, variant of worthstede, after Worthstede (Worstead), a village of eastern England. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Shakspeare has not been very courteous towards the _worsted gentry_; had he lived in our times, they might have _worsted_ him for a libel: he says in King Lear, "A base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three suited, hundred pound, filthy, worsted stocking knave.”
“For the first lesson I had two balls, one made in worsted, large and soft, the other a bullet.”
“* Yet a lady of not less than fifty years of age, placed herself at the same time under his instruction, and executed a large piece of worsted from a good mezzotinto print – a cupid and lion.”
“These will be from Ann Budd’s Getting Started Knitting Socks, the 5-Stitches-Per-Inch socks in worsted-weight yarn.”
“For many years, worsted-weight acrylic yarn was called 4-ply acrylic, but is increasingly known as worsted, because a 4-ply yarn might not be worsted weight if the four plies used to create it are not the size required to make that your weight.”
“On such occasions I would recommend the following method: -- First, draw the fowl, reserving the gizzard and liver to be tucked under the wings; truss the fowl with skewers, and tie it to the end of a skein of worsted, which is to be fastened to a nail stuck in the chimney-piece, so that the fowl may dangle rather close to the fire, in order to roast it.”
“Should the Turks be at all worsted, which is probable, of course we must increase our assistance.”
“In no description of manufacture connected with the woollen trade has machinery been more fertile in improvements than in what may be termed the worsted stuff trade.”
“The long is used for worsted, which is finished when it leaves the loom; the short for cloth, which is compacted together, increased in bulk and diminished in breadth, by fulling; that is, so beating as to take advantage of the serrated edges of the wool which lead it to felt together.”
“The English-Latin dictionary also had a translation for woosted: woosted being the old form of "worsted", the spinning term.”
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