American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A long monotonous speech or piece of writing.
- n. A strip of wood, plaster, or metal placed on a wall or pavement as a guide for the even application of plaster or concrete.
- n. A layer or strip of material used to level off a horizontal surface such as a floor.
- n. A smooth final surface of a substance, such as concrete, applied to a floor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A piece torn off; a shred: as, a screed of cloth.
- n. A long strip of anything; hence, a prolonged tirade; a harangue.
- n. In plastering:
- n. A strip of mortar about 6 or 8 inches wide, by which any surface about to be plastered is divided into bays or compartments. The screeds are 4, 5, or 6 feet apart, according to circumstances, and are accurately formed in the same plane by the plumb-rule and straight-edge. They thus form gages for the rest of the work, the interspaces being filled out flush with them.
- n. A strip of wood similarly used.
- n. The act of rending or tearing; a rent; a tear.
- To rend; tear.
- To repeat glibly; dash off with spirit.
- n. A band of paper or other material placed around a piece of cloth to keep the loose end in place, to prevent injury when cords are tied around it in packing, and for trade-mark and ornamental purposes. Generally used in sets of two.
- n. A long discourse or harangue.
- n. A piece of writing.
- n. A tool, usually a long strip of wood or other material, for producing a smooth, flat surface on, for example, a concrete floor or a plaster wall.
- n. A smooth flat layer of concrete or similar material.
- v. construction, masonry To produce a smooth flat layer of concrete or similar material.
- v. construction, masonry To use a screed (tool).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. A wooden straightedge used to lay across the plaster screed, as a limit for the thickness of the coat.
- n. Scot. A fragment; a portion; a shred.
- n. A breach or rent; a breaking forth into a loud, shrill sound.
- n. An harangue; a long tirade on any subject.
- n. a long monotonous harangue
- n. an accurately levelled strip of material placed on a wall or floor as guide for the even application of plaster or concrete
- n. a long piece of writing
- From Middle English screde ("fragment, strip of cloth") (from which also shred), from Old English scrēade (Wiktionary)
- Middle English screde, fragment, strip of cloth, from Old English scrēade, shred. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Where in any of this screed is there anything that is not a bunch of opinionated backwash.”
“The fiasco being railed against in this screed is the one that broke iMacs and was ultimately solved by drawing on the CD with a Sharpie.”
“You may be right about Hunter using the term screed, pejoratively, to apply to others’ rants, not his own.”
“The entire premise of your screed is racist, too, but those two vile references should suffice.”
“C'mon this screed is never gonna simply disappear into private life.”
“Grateful for the sensible dissents from the "dissenter" whose screed is just one more rant from those who avoid serious analytical arguments.”
“Your whole screed is based on an entitlement mentality.”
“Anyway, Glavin's screed is all downhill from there.”
“His unscientific screed is an academic embarrassment and blight on the reputation of this university.”
“Poor Patsy … confronted with his own ignorant, vulgar and bombastic screed from the past, the very best he can muster from the secret collection of thunder bolts in response, is to whimpishly mutter “pathetic, simply pathetic” …”
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