screed

[ skreed ]
/ skrid /

noun

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.
Scot.
  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
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British Dictionary definitions for screed

screed

/ (skriːd) /

noun

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 for screed

C14: probably variant of Old English scrēade shred
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