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[skreed] /skrid/
a long discourse or essay, especially a diatribe.
an informal letter, account, or other piece of writing.
Building Trades.
  1. a strip of plaster or wood applied to a surface to be plastered to serve as a guide for making a true surface.
  2. a wooden strip serving as a guide for making a true level surface on a concrete pavement or the like.
  3. a board or metal strip dragged across a freshly poured concrete slab to give it its proper level.
British Dialect. a fragment or shred, as of cloth.
  1. a tear or rip, especially in cloth.
  2. a drinking bout.
verb (used with or without object)
Scot. to tear, rip, or shred, as cloth.
Origin of screed
1275-1325; Middle English screde torn fragment, irregular (with sc- for sh-) representing Old English scrēade shred Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Began my screed on the 'Joys of Motherhood' for the 'Delineator.'

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • This screed, remarkable as it was, had no mystery for Goodwin.

  • I began this day the screed of 'Values' which I mentioned the other day.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • I am sending this as an antidote for my doleful Sunday screed.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • There was no date to the screed nor was it signed; yet the Count put it to his forehead and lips.

  • Now lets have that screed again, Tom, and Ill have a go at translating it.

    Tom Fairfield in Camp Allen Chapman
  • The first page of Tommy's screed was devoted to personal matters.

    Burned Bridges Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for screed


a long or prolonged speech or piece of writing
a strip of wood, plaster, or metal placed on a surface to act as a guide to the thickness of the cement or plaster coat to be applied
a mixture of cement, sand, and water applied to a concrete slab, etc, to give a smooth surface finish
(Scot) a rent or tear or the sound produced by this
Word Origin
C14: probably variant of Old English scrēadeshred
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Word Origin and History for screed

early 14c., "fragment," also "strip of cloth," from northern England dialectal variant of Old English screade (see shred (n.)). Meaning "lengthy speech" is first recorded 1789, from notion of reading from a long list.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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