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worsted:

see woolwool,
fiber made from the fleece of the domestic sheep. Composition and Characteristics

Wool consists of the cortex, overlapping scales (sharper and more protruding than those of hair) that may expand at their free edges causing fibers to intermesh; elasticum, the
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worsted

[′wu̇s·təd]
(textiles)
Yarn spun from combed long-staple wool fibers.
Fabric made from this yarn.
Yarns, with any fiber content, manufactured by using the worsted spinning system.

worsted

1. a closely twisted yarn or thread made from combed long-staple wool
2. a fabric made from this, with a hard smooth close-textured surface and no nap
References in periodicals archive ?
Bradford University Archives [hereafter, BUA], Worsted Committee Minute Books, WC 1/ii, entries for 21 June 1779, 12 April 1802; Leeds Intelligencer, 26 August 1783, 29 January 1788; William Cudworth, Round About Bradford: A Series of Sketches of Forty-Two Places Within Six Miles of Bradford (Bradford, 1876), p.
West Yorkshire Archive Service, Bradford District Archives [hereafter, WYAS-BDA], Heaton Papers, B145; Eric Sigsworth, "William Greenwood and Robert Heaton: Two Eighteenth Century Worsted Manufacturers," Bradford Textile Society Journal (1951-1952): 63-64.
BUA, Worsted Committee Minute Books, WC 1/i, entry for 5 January 1784.
John Styles, "Policing a Female Workforce: The Worsted Inspectors, 1760-1810," unpublished paper, 1986, p.
According to James, "such a combination existed among the operatives," that manufacturers "could not obtain hands because they refused to work for him and frequently plotted mischief against his person and property." See History of Worsted Manufacture, p.
By the terms of the Worsted Act, one or two pence of every shilling of drawback was to be paid to the trustees of the Worsted Committee.
In securing the Worsted Act, the Yorkshire masters relied on their close ties to nationally prominent politicians, including Sir George Saville in the House of Commons and Charles Watson Wentworth, the Second Marquess of Rockingham, in the House of Lords.
BUA, Worsted Committee Minute Books, WC l/iii, entry for 23 March 1812; WC 1/iv, entry for 31 December 1838.
See, also, the "Reminiscences" of Henry Hall, a Leeds stuff manufacturer, in James, History of Worsted Manufacture, pp.
Leeds Mercury, 17 September 1776; James, History of Worsted Manufacture, p.
19, 24-25; James, History of Worsted Manufacture, pp.