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screed

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n screed an accurately levelled strip of material placed on a wall or floor as guide for the even application of plaster or concrete
    • n screed a long piece of writing
    • n screed a long monotonous harangue
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Screed A breach or rent; a breaking forth into a loud, shrill sound; as, martial screeds .
    • Screed A fragment; a portion; a shred.
    • Screed (Arch) 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.
    • Screed (Arch) A wooden straightedge used to lay across the plaster screed, as a limit for the thickness of the coat.
    • Screed An harangue; a long tirade on any subject. "The old carl gae them a screed of doctrine; ye might have heard him a mile down the wind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n screed A piece torn off; a shred: as, a screed of cloth.
    • n screed A long strip of anything; hence, a prolonged tirade; a harangue.
    • n screed In plastering:
    • n screed 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 screed A strip of wood similarly used.
    • n screed The act of rending or tearing; a rent; a tear.
    • screed To rend; tear.
    • screed To repeat glibly; dash off with spirit.
    • n screed 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Screed skrēd a piece torn off: a shred: a long tirade:
    • v.t Screed to repeat glibly
    • n Screed skrēd (Scot.) a strip of mortar: a rent, a tear
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See 1st Screed. For sense 2 cf. also Gael. sgread, an outcry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. screáde, a shred.

Usage

In literature:

Lat's hear ye gie them a gude screed on the topiks of the day.
"My Man Sandy" by J. B. Salmond
Shall we glance over his screed?
"Brother Copas" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
You needn't write long screeds.
"Blown to Bits" by R.M. Ballantyne
Even if this present screed stirred me doubly to action, the salt-carrying was better.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
He perused Mary Randall's screed as he sat over his morning grape-fruit.
"Little Lost Sister" by Virginia Brooks
It was from Harriet, a curious, incoherent screed; tiresomely detailed as to her plans, painfully brief as to important issues.
"Margarita's Soul" by Ingraham Lovell
For who these days would think to buy the screed Of dull old dusty Dryden just to read?
"Cobwebs from a Library Corner" by John Kendrick Bangs
So, musing upon my friend's hasty screed, I wonder how I am, in very truth, to give him of my best.
"An Ocean Tramp" by William McFee
They seldom had a screed of notes before them.
"The Recipe for Diamonds" by Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
I got eighty dollars, now, for that last screed in 'The Reservoir.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 8" by Various
Back of their grandfathers they have neither screed nor hearsay.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
Thus addressed, Rob took the mouldy screed while his chums looked over his shoulder curiously.
"The Boy Scouts for Uncle Sam" by John Henry Goldfrap
In a very erratic and laborious screed he conveyed his regrets.
"The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop" by Hamlin Garland
I'll warrant you have vexed Mistress Mowbray with a screed about yon wench you were sparking in the garden last night.
"The Great Mogul" by Louis Tracy
My letter was a screed of four pages, and very likely it said less than her note of one short page.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. II (of VI), "To Paris and Prison" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
An example of these was a Boston screed.
"The Life of John Marshall (Volume 2 of 4)" by Albert J. Beveridge
The little screed that I left on the typewriter at your room was not a bad stroke, either.
"A New Sensation" by Albert Ross
It was a long and wordy screed, couched in the quaint and flowery language of the Moors, but the above was the gist of it.
"The Voice from the Void" by William Le Queux
Another reference in the next line of the half-burnt screed was Ezekiel xl, xli and xlii, no verses being designated.
"The Great God Gold" by William Le Queux
Fair land that saw my birth, gem of the whole blamed earth, hark to my screeds!
"Uncle Walt [Walt Mason]" by Walt Mason
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In poetry:

We make the yolk philosophy,
True beauty the albumen.
And then gum on a shell of form
To make the screed sound human.
"Poetic Eggs" by Ezra Pound
Bishop of Bath and Wells was he,
Lord of the lords of Orchardleigh;
And he wrote to the Parson the strongest screed
That Bishop may write or Parson read.
"Fidele's Grassy Tomb" by Sir Henry Newbolt
But e'er she does, I hope she'll read
This worldly wise and warning screed,
That to conceal,
Unto the ordinary man
Is often more alluring than
To ALL reveal.
"Strip Teaser" by Robert W Service
A book is known by them that read
That same. Thy public in my screed
Is listed. Well! Some score years hence
Behold mine audience,
As we had seen him yesterday.
"Famam Librosque Cano" by Ezra Pound
The water ran doon frae the heich hope-heid,
Wi' a Rin, burnie, rin;
It wimpled, an' waggled, an' sang a screed
O' nonsense, an' wadna blin
Wi' its Rin, burnie, rin.
"The Burnie" by George MacDonald
'Trembling wi' joy ye touch'd the reed,
Doubtfu' ye sigh'd and hang your head;
Fearfu' ye sang till some agreed
The notes war true;
When grown mair bauld, ye gae a screed
That pleas'd nae few.
"The Scottish Muse" by Hector MacNeill

In news:

Carl Paladino continues his tetchy screeds to the media with a letter to Stan Lipsey, publisher of the Buffalo News.
Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's big speech last week before the students at George Washington University didn't necessarily start out to be a screed against the gold standard, but it sure turned out that way.
Breivik's Abu Ghraib screed .
Clement Moore's Anonymous Screed Against Thomas Jefferson.
Moore's screed should be seen.
Crews with Ivan Rice & Sons completed a 60,000-square-foot pour in one day with help from its Somero laser screed.
Last week's screed was such a success (it even led to a pleasant e-mail exchange with Congressman Luetkemeyer's spokesman) that I'm tempted to double up.
Warren Burger 's media screed.
Racine Federated acquires Screed King line from Tamarack.
The prosecutor spoke in court of the toll taken on actors who participated in the filming of "Innocence of Muslims, " an anti-Islamic screed that was previewed in a 14-minute trailer posted on YouTube.
EZ Placer by EZ Screed Tools levels or grades concrete, gravel, sand, soil, mulch and more.
The 1448 Plus and 1648 Plus asphalt pavers feature fully extendable screed extensions that enable the machines to be easily adapted to various applications.
Original Copy Of Hitler's First Anti- Semitic Screed Reportedly Found.
Sunpoint CEO Brooks O'Kane covers the back of his bottle labels with interactive screeds.
Many in the mainstream media dismiss the screeds of bloggers--people who post their views on their own Web logs--as so much blather.
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