- a long discourse or essay, especially a diatribe.
- an informal letter, account, or other piece of writing.
- Building Trades.
- a strip of plaster or wood applied to a surface to be plastered to serve as a guide for making a true surface.
- a wooden strip serving as a guide for making a true level surface on a concrete pavement or the like.
- 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.
- a tear or rip, especially in cloth.
- a drinking bout.
- Scot. to tear, rip, or shred, as cloth.
Origin of screed
Related Wordsseries, file, table, calendar, poll, ballot, archive, index, menu, program, draft, inventory, dictionary, schedule, tally, catalog, ticket, account, bill, agenda
Examples from the Web for screed
No word yet from Commentary (which has devoted a grand total of one screed to the hunger strikers thus far).Striking a Deal
May 14, 2012
Professors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, author of the screed, The Israel Lobby, are right about that.The Arab Lobby Rules America
Alan M. Dershowitz
August 24, 2010
The media took notice: My screed appeared in New York magazine and on various gossip blogs.Mea Culpa, Kiddo
August 14, 2009
This screed, remarkable as it was, had no mystery for Goodwin.Cabbages and Kings
I am sending this as an antidote for my doleful Sunday screed.Mistress Anne
I have no leisure now for this screed, mother; read it to me later, an you will.Robin Hood
Now lets have that screed again, Tom, and Ill have a go at translating it.Tom Fairfield in Camp
I offered him a shilling if he could "screed me aff effectual calling."An American Four-In-Hand in Britain
- 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 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.