worsted

Definitions

  • That's the worst of these fellows
    That's the worst of these fellows
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n worsted a woolen fabric with a hard textured surface and no nap; woven of worsted yarns "he wore a worsted suit"
    • n worsted a tightly twisted woolen yarn spun from long-staple wool
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The record for the world?s worst drivers is a toss-up between two candidates: First, a 75-year-old man who received 10 traffic tickets, drove on the wrong side of the road four times, committed four hit-and-run offenses, and caused six accidents, all within 20 minutes on October 15, 1966. Second, a 62-year-old woman who failed her driving test 40 times before passing it in August, 1970 (by that time, she had spent over $700 in lessons, and could no longer afford to buy a car)
    • Worsted Fine and soft woolen yarn, untwisted or lightly twisted, used in knitting and embroidery.
    • Worsted 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Some early TV screens did emit excessive X-rays, as did computer monitors, but that was fixed long ago. Doctors suggest that at worst, sitting too close might cause some temporary eye fatigue—the same for reading with insufficient light—but no permanent damage, no matter what your mother claimed.
    • n worsted 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 worsted 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.
    • worsted Consisting of worsted; made of worsted yarn: as, worsted stockings.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Worsted woost′ed or woorst′ed twisted thread or yarn spun out of long, combed wool: woollen yarn for ornamental needlework
    • adj Worsted made of worsted yarn
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Quotations

  • Philip James Bailey
    Philip James Bailey
    “The worst men often give the best advice.”
  • Thomas L. Masson
    Thomas L. Masson
    “Be yourself is about the worst advice you can give to some people.”
  • William Hazlitt
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    “The worst old age is that of the mind.”
  • Francis H. Bradley
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    “Where everything is bad it must be good to know the worst.”
  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.”
  • Sir Cecil Beaton
    Sir Cecil Beaton
    “Perhaps the world's second worst crime is boredom. The first is being a bore.”

Idioms

If worst comes to worst - This isused to show the worst that could happen in a situation: If worst comes to worst and the hotels are full, we can sleep in the car.('If the worst comes to the worst' is also used.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Worsted, now spelled Worstead, a town in Norfolk, England; for Worthstead,. See Worth (n.), and Stead

Usage

In literature:

What is the worst of woes that wait on age?
"Handy Dictionary of Poetical Quotations" by Various
It is really the worst form of drink used; not only among workmen, but among other classes as well.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 2, May, 1915" by Various
You would be sure to get the worst of it.
"In the Days of Poor Richard" by Irving Bacheller
His worst enemy never doubted that.
"The Tysons" by May Sinclair
The worst was upon her; worse than the worst could not befall her.
"Count Hannibal A Romance of the Court of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
Here is worsted, and here is a needle.
"The Rebel of the School" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
He must be prepared for the worst.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
What's the worst thing about doctors' doses?
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
But the worst was still ahead of him.
"The Plastic Age" by Percy Marks
The worst offenders now are possible spies.
"Ladysmith" by H. W. Nevinson
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In poetry:

Then soon will freedom's clarion burst,
In sweet clear strains of liberty,
For of all time this is the worst
And darkest night of slavery.
"The Black Man's Wrongs" by James Madison Bell
"Yet follow me, my feiries five,
And see of me ye keep good ray;
And the worst cloak o' this companie
I hope shall cross the Waste this day."
"Hobbie Noble" by Andrew Lang
We bide our fate as best betides
What ends the tale may prove the first.
Stars know as truly of their guides
As we the truth of best or worst.
"Generations (The ploughed field and the fallow field)" by Ivor Gurney
For many jeered at him ; and yet
'Twas such as pitied hurt him worst
And drove him with his life's regret
Out of the town where he was nursed.
"The Fugitive" by John Joy Bell
While high attainments cast me down,
My deep abasements raise me soon;
My best things oft have evil brood,
My worst things work my greatest good.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
We spurned the thought, our prison burst,
And dared the despot to the worst;
Renewed the strife of centuries,
And flung our banner to the breeze.
"We Must Not Fail" by Thomas Osborne Davis

In news:

We are living through the worst economic crisis in a generation.
Turnpike crash has among worst US driver safety records.
DANVERS — It was any business owner's worst nightmare: On Aug 12, 2002, Glen St Cyr was awakened with a phone call.
Woods ties for 40th, his worst Masters finish as a pro.
'The Worst I've Seen by Far ': Budget Cuts Meet Poverty in the Heartland The Nation.
Minnesota's rate of binge drinking by young people is among the worst in the nation four young people, including two college students, have died from excessive drinking in recent months.
The rate of binge drinking by young people in Minnesota is among the worst in the nation.
Eddie Canales turned the worst day of his life into something good.
Stocks closed with their worst one-day loss of the year as investors look past.
"The worst part was my mom didn't know how to steer (the canoe ) very well.".
Anger turning to apathy as Chiefs churn along toward 1 of worst seasons in franchise history.
Southbound I-95 made a list of the country's worst Thanksgiving routes.
Boston rebounded only 19.7 percent of its misses, which was the worst offensive rebound rate of all time.
Suffering worst whooping cough outbreak since 1959, CDC says.
Derek Holland does impersonations, even on national television, and sports one of the worst mustaches in the history of sports.
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In science:

It involves taking the inverse of a matrix indexed by the elements of Qk ,Z which is exponential in k in the worst case.
Completing a k-1 assignment
However, to determine the satisfiability of a K -SAT formula with K ≥ 3 is NP-complete, with a computation time that scales exponential ly with N in the worst case.
Long range frustration in finite connectivity spin glasses: A mean field theory and its application to the random $K$-satisfiability problem
The worst-case running time of the random simplex algorithm is exponential in the height.
Two New Bounds on the Random-Edge Simplex Algorithm
For the forward measurement a systematic error of the same size as its statistical one is assumed as a worst case estimate.
Measurement of the LT-asymmetry in \pi^0 electroproduction at the energy of the \Delta (1232) resonance
We define the mixing time τp(ε) as the time until the chain is within variation distance ε from the worst initial state.
Ramdom walks on hypergroup of circles in finite fields
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