noun Etymology: Middle English screde fragment, alteration of Old English scrēade — more at shred Date: circa 1789 1. a. a lengthy discourse b. an informal piece of writing (as a personal letter) 2. a strip (as of a plaster of the thickness planned for the coat) laid on as a guide 3. a leveling device drawn over freshly poured concrete

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  • Screed — Screed, n. [See 1st {Screed}. For sense 2 cf. also Gael. sgread an outcry.] 1. A breach or rent; a breaking forth into a loud, shrill sound; as, martial screeds. [1913 Webster] 2. An harangue; a long tirade on any subject. [1913 Webster] The old… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Screed — (skr[=e]d), n. [Prov. E., a shred, the border of a cap. See {Shred}.] 1. (Arch.) (a) A strip of plaster of the thickness proposed for the coat, applied to the wall at intervals of four or five feet, as a guide. (b) A wooden straightedge used to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • screed — index declamation, philippic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • screed — [skri:d] n a very long, boring piece of writing used to show disapproval …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • screed — [ skrid ] noun count a long boring speech or piece of writing …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • screed — (n.) early 14c., fragment, strip of cloth, from northern England dialectal variant of O.E. screade (see SHRED (Cf. shred)). Meaning lengthy speech is first recorded 1789, from notion of reading from a long list …   Etymology dictionary

  • screed — ► NOUN 1) a long speech or piece of writing. 2) a levelled layer of material applied to a floor or other surface. DERIVATIVES screeding noun. ORIGIN probably a variant of SHRED(Cf. ↑shred) …   English terms dictionary

  • screed — [skrēd] n. [ME screde, var. of schrede, SHRED: sense from “long list on a strip of paper”] 1. a long, tiresome speech or piece of writing 2. a strip of wood or plaster put on a wall to gauge the thickness of plastering to be done 3. Brit. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Screed — This article is about the construction term. For a written work, see Screed (publication). Using an aluminium screed to level wet concrete. Note the screed tilted slightly towards the operator …   Wikipedia

  • screed — UK [skriːd] / US [skrɪd] noun [countable] Word forms screed : singular screed plural screeds a long boring speech or piece of writing …   English dictionary

  • screed — 1. noun a) A long discourse or harangue. b) A piece of writing. 2. verb a) To produce a smooth flat layer of concrete or similar material. b) To use a scre …   Wiktionary

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