What does the word worsted mean?

Usage examples for worsted

  1. She received, in return, a nice warm pair of worsted stockings. – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  2. The object is to revenge an old grudge, for formerly the people of Souf and Tugurt fought a pitch battle, and the latter were worsted. – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  3. Tyler went out after that, pretty well worsted, and Trow took his place. – Left Tackle Thayer by Ralph Henry Barbour