screeds

screed

[skreed]
noun
1.
a long discourse or essay, especially a diatribe.
2.
an informal letter, account, or other piece of writing.
3.
Building Trades.
a.
a strip of plaster or wood applied to a surface to be plastered to serve as a guide for making a true surface.
b.
a wooden strip serving as a guide for making a true level surface on a concrete pavement or the like.
c.
a board or metal strip dragged across a freshly poured concrete slab to give it its proper level.
4.
British Dialect. a fragment or shred, as of cloth.
5.
Scot.
a.
a tear or rip, especially in cloth.
b.
a drinking bout.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
6.
Scot. to tear, rip, or shred, as cloth.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English screde torn fragment, irregular (with sc- for sh-) representing Old English scrēade shred

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screed (skriːd)
 
n
1.  a long or prolonged speech or piece of writing
2.  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
3.  a mixture of cement, sand, and water applied to a concrete slab, etc, to give a smooth surface finish
4.  (Scot) a rent or tear or the sound produced by this
 
[C14: probably variant of Old English scrēadeshred]

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