Worst Worst, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Worsted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Worsting}.] [See {Worse}, v. t. & a.] To gain advantage over, in contest or competition; to get the better of; to defeat; to overthrow; to discomfit. [1913 Webster]

The . . . Philistines were worsted by the captivated ark. --South. [1913 Webster]

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  • Worsted — (pronunciation: IPA| [ˈwʊstɪd] ), is the name of a yarn, the cloth made from this yarn, and a yarn weight category. The name derives from the village of Worstead in the English county of Norfolk. This village became, along with North Walsham and… …   Wikipedia

  • worsted — ● worsted nom masculin (de Worsted, nom propre) Fil de laine uni et compact, formé des fibres les plus longues, que le peignage a disposées parallèlement. Étoffe faite avec ces fils. ● worsted (synonymes) nom masculin (de Worsted, nom propre)… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • worsted — [woos′tid, wʉr′stid] n. [ME wurstede, after Worsted, now Worstead, England, where first made] 1. a smooth, firmly twisted thread or yarn made from long staple wool combed to make the fibers lie in the same direction 2. fabric made from this, as… …   English World dictionary

  • Worsted — Worst ed (?; 277), n. [From Worsted, now spelled Worstead, a town in Norfolk, England; for Worthstead. See {Worth}, n., and {Stead}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Well twisted yarn spun of long staple wool which has been combed to lay the fibers parallel,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Worsted — (engl., spr. wúßted), aus hartem Kammgarn gefertigte Wollengewebe …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • worsted — woolen fabric made from twisted yarn, late 13c., from Worstead (O.E. Wurðestede), town in Norfolk where the cloth originally was made …   Etymology dictionary

  • worsted — ► NOUN 1) a fine smooth yarn spun from long strands of combed wool. 2) fabric made from such yarn. ORIGIN from Worstead, a parish in Norfolk, England …   English terms dictionary

  • worsted — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Worsted (now Worstead), England Date: 13th century a smooth compact yarn from long wool fibers used especially for firm napless fabrics, carpeting, or knitting; also a fabric made from worsted yarns • worsted… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • worsted — /woos tid, werr stid/, n. 1. firmly twisted yarn or thread spun from combed, stapled wool fibers of the same length, for weaving, knitting, etc. Cf. woolen. 2. wool cloth woven from such yarns, having a hard, smooth surface and no nap. adj. 3.… …   Universalium

  • worsted — 1. noun /ˈwʊs.tɪd,ˈwʊs.tɪd,ˈwɝ.stɪd/ a) Yarn made from long strands of wool. Yes, young people are usually blind to everything but their own wishes, and seldom imagine how much those wishes cost others, said Mrs. Garth She did not mean to go… …   Wiktionary

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