Scree \Scree\ (skr[=e]), n. A pebble; a stone; also, a heap of stones or rocky d['e]bris. [Prov. Eng.] --Southey. [1913 Webster]

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  • Scree — Scree, also called talus and detritic cone, is a term given to broken rock that appears at the bottom of crags, mountain cliffs or valley shoulders, forming a scree slope. The maximum inclination of such deposits corresponds to the angle of… …   Wikipedia

  • scree — [skri:] n [Date: 1700 1800; : Old Norse; Origin: skritha landslide ] an area of loose soil and broken rocks on the side of a mountain ▪ a scree slope …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • scree — scree; scree·man; …   English syllables

  • scree — [ skri ] noun 1. ) uncount small loose pieces of broken rock at the bottom of a cliff or along the slopes of a mountain 2. ) count a slope covered with small pieces of rock …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • scree — 1781, back formation from screes (pl.) pebbles, small stones, from O.N. skriða landslide, from skriða to slide, glide, from P.Gmc. *skrithanan (Cf. O.E. scriþan to go, glide, O.S. skridan, Du. schrijden, O.H.G. scritan, Ger. schreiten to stride ) …   Etymology dictionary

  • scree — ► NOUN ▪ a mass of small loose stones that form or cover a slope on a mountain. ORIGIN probably from Old Norse, landslip …   English terms dictionary

  • scree — [skrē] n. [back form. < pl. screes < earlier screethes < ON skritha, landslide < skritha, to slide, creep, akin to Ger schreiten, to step < IE base * (s)ker , to turn, bend] TALUS2 (sense 2) …   English World dictionary

  • scree — 1. noun /ˈskɹiː/ a) Loose stony debris on a slope. Occasional rounds zinged off the scree, each with a different pitch. b) A slope of such material at the base of a cliff, etc. The next landmark was an apachita cairn, at the top of a steep scree …   Wiktionary

  • scree — [[t]skri͟ː[/t]] screes N VAR Scree is a mass of loose stones on the side of a mountain. Occasionally scree fell in a shower of dust and noise... He scrambled sideways down the scree slope …   English dictionary

  • scree —    A collective term for an accumulation of coarse rock debris or a sheet of coarse debris mantling a slope. Scree is not a synonym of talus, as scree includes loose rock fragments on slopes without cliffs.    Compare: talus, colluvium, mass… …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

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