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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 object), verb (used 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
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Examples from the web for screed
  • Pardon me if this political screed seems out of place here.
  • None of your anti-renewable energy screed is backed up by either reality or proof.
  • The author's bias is laughably visibly in this screed.
  • Funny it's your take on a silly movie that got me stirred up enough to write this screed.
  • When he does that, he will then have sufficient credibility to write another screed.
  • And your absurd screed about cutting corporate taxes, corporations rarely pay federal income taxes in the first place.
  • The paver consists of two basic units: a tractor and a screed.
  • The screed or screeds should be so adjusted and operated surface within specified tolerances.
  • Then the old pavement and recycling materials are mixed with a standard auger, and leveled off with a screed.
  • screed extensions may be used, provided each has a screed plate with vibration.
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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