- 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.
- a tear or rip, especially in cloth.
- a drinking bout.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of screed
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).
Professors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, author of the screed, The Israel Lobby, are right about that.
The media took notice: My screed appeared in New York magazine and on various gossip blogs.
The boy was wise enough to take advice from his new friends how best to write the screed.Plotting in Pirate Seas|Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Mony's the time I hae ettled to send ye a screed, but there was aye something that cam' i' the gait.Penelope's Experiences in Scotland|Kate Douglas Wiggin
Sir Donald received a marked copy of the paper containing this screed, but concealed it from his daughter.Oswald Langdon|Carson Jay Lee
Stephen read this screed to the end, then crumpled it in his fist and threw it angrily on the floor.Cap'n Warren's Wards|Joseph C. Lincoln
And he knew her—the Her of the screed brought only that day by Ali.The Prince of India, Volume II|Lew. Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for screed
Word Origin for screed
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.