Definitions for worsted
ˈwʊs tɪd, ˈwɜr stɪdworsted
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a woolen fabric with a hard textured surface and no nap; woven of worsted yarns "he wore a worsted suit"
worsted, worsted yarnnoun
a tightly twisted woolen yarn spun from long-staple wool
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Woolen yarn; wool spun.
Etymology: from Worsted, a town in Norfolk famous for the woolen manufacture.
A base, proud, shallow, beggarly three suited, hundred pound, filthy worsted-stocking knave. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
There Ridpath, Roper cudgel’d might ye view;
The very worsted still look’d black and blue. Alexander Pope.
Worsted ( or ) is a high-quality type of wool 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. That village, together with North Walsham and Aylsham, formed 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. In the same period, many weavers from the County of Flanders moved to Norfolk. "Worsted" yarns/fabrics are distinct from woollens (though both are made from sheep's wool): the former is considered stronger, finer, smoother, and harder than the latter. 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 finally 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. In tropical-weight worsteds, the use of tightly spun, straightened wool combined with a looser weave permits air to flow through the fabric. Worsted is also used for carpets, clothing, hosiery, gloves and baize.
Worsted is a type of high-quality yarn or fabric made from long-staple wool fibers that are combed to align them in the same direction. The process results in a smooth, dense, and durable material that is used for making suits, carpets, and other fine textiles. It is opposed to woolen yarn, from short-staple fibers spun into a more fluffy, insulating yarn.
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
Etymology: [From Worsted, now spelled Worstead, a town in Norfolk, England; for Worthstead. See Worth, n., and Stead.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
woost′ed, or woorst′ed, n. twisted thread or yarn spun out of long, combed wool: woollen yarn for ornamental needlework.—adj. made of worsted yarn.—n. Worst′ed-work, needlework done with worsted. [From Worstead, a village near Norwich in England.]
Etymology and Origins
After a town in Norfolk of the same name where this fabric was of old the staple industry.
The numerical value of worsted in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of worsted in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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- estambre, aniquilado, sarga, deshecho, vencido, gabardina, derrotado, aplastadoSpanish
- kampalankakangas, lyöty, kampalankaFinnish
- écrasé, pure laine peignée, culbuté, défait, battu à plate couture, battu, gabardine, annihilé, déconfit, anéanti, vaincu, taillé en piècesFrench
- estambre, lã cardada, lã penteadaPortuguese
- stofă-gabardin, lână pieptănată, gabardinăRomanian
- пряжа, побеждённый, камвольнаяRussian
- kamgarn, redgarnSwedish
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