from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. To produce a smooth flat layer of concrete or similar material.
  • v. To use a screed (tool).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • 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. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rend; tear.
  • To repeat glibly; dash off with spirit.
  • 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.
  • n. A strip of wood similarly used.
  • n. The act of rending or tearing; a rent; a tear.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


Middle English screde, fragment, strip of cloth, from Old English scrēade, shred.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English screde ("fragment, strip of cloth") (from which also shred), from Old English scrēade (Wiktionary)


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