screed: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (skrēd), [key]
— n.
  1. a long discourse or essay, esp. a diatribe.
  2. an informal letter, account, or other piece of writing.
    1. a strip of plaster or wood applied to a surface to be plastered to serve as a guide for making a true surface.
    2. a wooden strip serving as a guide for making a true level surface on a concrete pavement or the like.
    3. a board or metal strip dragged across a freshly poured concrete slab to give it its proper level.
  3. a fragment or shred, as of cloth.
    1. a tear or rip, esp. in cloth.
    2. a drinking bout.
—v.t., v.i.
  1. to tear, rip, or shred, as cloth.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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