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wor·sted

 (wo͝os′tĭd, wûr′stĭd)
n.
1.
a. Firm-textured, compactly twisted woolen yarn made from long-staple fibers.
b. Fabric made from such yarn.
2. Natural or synthetic yarn of a medium weight.

[Middle English, variant of worthstede, after Worthstede (Worstead), a village of eastern England.]

wor′sted adj.

worsted

(ˈwʊstɪd)
n
1. (Textiles) a closely twisted yarn or thread made from combed long-staple wool
2. (Textiles) a fabric made from this, with a hard smooth close-textured surface and no nap
3. (Textiles) (modifier) made of this yarn or fabric: a worsted suit.
[C13: named after Worstead, a district in Norfolk]

wor•sted

(ˈwʊs tɪd, ˈwɜr stɪd)

n.
1. firmly twisted yarn or thread spun from combed, stapled wool fibers of the same length, for weaving, knitting, etc. Compare woolen.
2. wool cloth woven from such yarns, having a hard, smooth surface and no nap.
adj.
3. consisting or made of worsted.
[1250–1300; Middle English, after Worstede Worstead (Old English Wurthestede), parish in Norfolk, England, where the cloth was made]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.worsted - a woolen fabric with a hard textured surface and no nap; woven of worsted yarns "he wore a worsted suit"
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
2.worsted - a tightly twisted woolen yarn spun from long-staple wool
thread, yarn - a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
Translations

worsted

[ˈwʊstɪd] N (= cloth) → estambre m

worsted

[ˈwʊstɪd] nlaine f peignée

worsted

n (= yarn)Kammgarn nt; (= cloth also)Kammgarnstoff m
adjKammgarn-; worsted suitKammgarnanzug m; worsted woolKammgarn nt

worsted

[ˈwʊstɪd] n (cloth) → pettinato
wool worsted → lana pettinata
References in classic literature ?
Everybody dawdled that morning, and it was noon before the girls found energy enough even to take up their worsted work.
Harling dropped her worsted and examined the visitor with quick, keen eyes.
They consisted of two shirts and a half; two stocks for the neck; a pair or two of worsted stockings; an old pair of corduroy small- clothes; a rusty razor; a book of psalm tunes full of dog's-ears; and a broken pitch-pipe.
The wife of a whaling captain had provided the chapel with a handsome pair of red worsted man-ropes for this ladder, which, being itself nicely headed, and stained with a mahogany color, the whole contrivance, considering what manner of chapel it was, seemed by no means in bad taste.
Poor Sag-Harbor, therefore, seems worsted all round.
The retribution that followed every vengeful success was so sweeping and majestic that the boys always retired from the field badly worsted.
Of Elinor's distress, she was too busily employed in measuring lengths of worsted for her rug, to see any thing at all; and calmly continuing her talk, as soon as Marianne disappeared, she said,
You looked very much puzzled, Miss Eyre; and though you are not pretty any more than I am handsome, yet a puzzled air becomes you; besides, it is convenient, for it keeps those searching eyes of yours away from my physiognomy, and busies them with the worsted flowers of the rug; so puzzle on.
How many winter days have I seen him, standing blue-nosed, in the snow and east wind, looking at the boys going down the long slide, and clapping his worsted gloves in rapture!
Wopsle with red worsted legs under a highly magnified phosphoric countenance and a shock of red curtain-fringe for his hair, engaged in the manufacture of thunderbolts in a mine, and displaying great cowardice when his gigantic master came home (very hoarse) to dinner.
The Halakazi were worsted in the field, but many lived to win the great cave, and there the work must be finished.
No doubt, if a King Richard III were worsted on a modern battlefield, his instinctive cry would be, "My Kingdom for a telephone