- a long, tiresome speech or piece of writing
- a strip of plaster or wood applied to a wall to serve as a guide to the desired thickness of plastering to be done later
- Brit. a finishing layer of mortar laid over a concrete or other solid floor
- Scot. a torn place; rent
Origin of screedMiddle English screde, variant, variety of schrede, shred: sense from “long list on a strip of paper”
- A long monotonous speech or piece of writing.
- a. A strip of wood, plaster, or metal placed on a wall or pavement as a guide for the even application of plaster or concrete.b. A layer or strip of material used to level off a horizontal surface such as a floor.c. A smooth final surface of a substance, such as concrete, applied to a floor.
Origin of screedMiddle English screde fragment, strip of cloth from Old English scrēade shred
(third-person singular simple present screeds, present participle screeding, simple past and past participle screeded)
- (construction, masonry) To produce a smooth flat layer of concrete or similar material.
- (construction, masonry) To use a screed (tool).
From Middle English screde (“fragment, strip of cloth") (from which also shred ), from Old English scrÄ“ade