Definitions for worstedˈwʊs tɪd, ˈwɜr stɪd
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wor•stedˈwʊs tɪd, ˈwɜr stɪd(n.)
firmly twisted yarn or thread spun from combed, stapled wool fibers of the same length, for weaving, knitting, etc.
Ref: Compare woolen.
wool cloth woven from such yarns, having a hard, smooth surface and no nap.
(adj.)consisting or made of worsted.
Origin of worsted:
1250–1300; ME, after Worstede Worstead (OE Wurthestede), parish in Norfolk, England, where the cloth was made
a woolen fabric with a hard textured surface and no nap; woven of worsted yarns "he wore a worsted suit"
worsted, worsted yarn(noun)
a tightly twisted woolen yarn spun from long-staple wool
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
fine and soft woolen yarn, untwisted or lightly twisted, used in knitting and embroidery
Worsted is a type of yarn, the fabric made from this yarn, and a yarn weight category. The name derives from Worstead, a village in the English county of Norfolk. This village, together with North Walsham and Aylsham, became a manufacturing centre for yarn and cloth in the 12th century when pasture enclosure and liming rendered the East Anglian soil too rich for the older agrarian sheep breeds; and weavers from Flanders moved to Norfolk. Worsted was made from the long-staple pasture wool from sheep breeds such as Teeswaters, Old Leicester Longwool and Romney Marsh. Pasture wool was not carded: instead it was washed, gilled and combed using heated long-tooth metal combs, oiled and spun. When woven, worsteds were scoured but not fulled. Worsted wool fabric is typically used in the making of tailored garments such as suits, as opposed to woollen wool which is used for knitted items such as sweaters.
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