screed (n.) early 14c., "fragment, strip of cloth," from northern England dialectal variant of O.E. screade (see SHRED (Cf. shred)). Meaning "lengthy speech" is first recorded 1789, from notion of reading from a long list.

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  • Screed — Screed, n. [See 1st {Screed}. For sense 2 cf. also Gael. sgread an outcry.] 1. A breach or rent; a breaking forth into a loud, shrill sound; as, martial screeds. [1913 Webster] 2. An harangue; a long tirade on any subject. [1913 Webster] The old… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Screed — (skr[=e]d), n. [Prov. E., a shred, the border of a cap. See {Shred}.] 1. (Arch.) (a) 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. (b) A wooden straightedge used to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • screed — index declamation, philippic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • screed — [skri:d] n a very long, boring piece of writing used to show disapproval …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • screed — [ skrid ] noun count a long boring speech or piece of writing …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • screed — ► NOUN 1) a long speech or piece of writing. 2) a levelled layer of material applied to a floor or other surface. DERIVATIVES screeding noun. ORIGIN probably a variant of SHRED(Cf. ↑shred) …   English terms dictionary

  • screed — [skrēd] n. [ME screde, var. of schrede, SHRED: sense from “long list on a strip of paper”] 1. a long, tiresome speech or piece of writing 2. a strip of wood or plaster put on a wall to gauge the thickness of plastering to be done 3. Brit. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Screed — This article is about the construction term. For a written work, see Screed (publication). Using an aluminium screed to level wet concrete. Note the screed tilted slightly towards the operator …   Wikipedia

  • screed — UK [skriːd] / US [skrɪd] noun [countable] Word forms screed : singular screed plural screeds a long boring speech or piece of writing …   English dictionary

  • screed — 1. noun a) A long discourse or harangue. b) A piece of writing. 2. verb a) To produce a smooth flat layer of concrete or similar material. b) To use a scre …   Wiktionary