Definition of screed in English:

screed

noun

  • 1A long speech or piece of writing, typically one regarded as tedious.

    ‘her criticism appeared in the form of screeds in a local film magazine’
    • ‘Reading that, I was actually glad I'd never posted the aforementioned drunken screed.’
    • ‘This is to counterbalance the screed below, you see.’
    • ‘The play thus falters in its attempt to be a real and funny slice of life, scrambling to make colloquial its many screeds on life and love in the ‘burbs.’
    • ‘They have written vicious screeds against anti-globalization demonstrators and unionists.’
    • ‘It featured more pithy screeds than analytical articles, and even the longest essays rarely went on for more than three or four paragraphs.’
    • ‘I could have predicted that it would be another anti-government screed.’
    • ‘And it's clear that her web site still features the screed quite prominently posted.’
    • ‘There are other misimpressions created by your articles that necessitate a response, but I did not intend for this to become a screed against your writing.’
    • ‘I have written a tedious screed on the event that is best ignored entirely.’
    • ‘Corporations can't vote, because as I point out in the screed, they're not people.’
    • ‘In his spare time, he writes screeds of music journalism and analysis, as well as running his own music fanzine website.’
    • ‘Every single column written by him is a screed against the president; apparently, there isn't anything else worth writing about.’
    • ‘His writings varied from incoherent screeds to astute examinations of government hypocrisy.’
    • ‘Every now and then, he writes these hysterical, factually insupportable, logically inconsistent screeds against some looming threat to civil liberties in the United States.’
    • ‘Substitute ‘terrorists’ for ‘Reds’ and their rhetoric reads as near-identical screeds against evil.’
    • ‘Although I've been accused of trying to sway people with my screeds and polemics, that has never been the case, at least not consciously.’
    • ‘The only writer I knew was the crabby old lady who wrote a weekly screed in the local newspaper.’
    • ‘Ideological screeds and rehashing of oral arguments aren't his style: careful analysis of applicable precedent is, and he did it again.’
    • ‘A Boston Globe reporter posts numerous anti-Kerry screeds all over the blogisphere, and that's supposed to be all right?’
    • ‘It wasn't one of those thinly-documented screeds; it was written by college educators horrified by PC speech codes, assaults on campus newspapers, and academic freedom.’
  • 2mass noun A levelled layer of material (e.g. cement) applied to a floor or other surface.

    • ‘An unusual feature at Laban was the use of under-floor heating with water pipes buried in the screed.’
    • ‘While modest in its material composition - concrete, screed, plasterboard and glass - the building has been made with precision and consistency.’
    • ‘During the installation we ran the screed off the slope laser and were able to pick up the cross-slope laser and use it for our pitch on the tennis courts.’
    • ‘The lift was inoperable, the walls had been left with barely an undercoat on them and there was bare screed on the floors.’
    • ‘It is not the moisture in the slab or screed which is important, but the quantity of moisture leaving the slab and generating the vapour pressure.’
    1. 2.1count noun A strip of plaster or other material placed on a surface as a guide to thickness.
      • ‘If you are building large slabs, could you survive without a laser screed or a power trowel?’
      • ‘The main way to spread out concrete is directly from the truck chute, keeping a uniform level in front of the straightedge or vibrating screed.’
      • ‘These screeds will guide the straightedge (called a rod) that is used to level the surface in Step 7.’
      • ‘We have seen truss screeds used to span 50-foot wide sections, but that is pushing things near their limit - unless flatness isn't an issue.’
      • ‘One unusual aspect of this job is that the mat slab was pitched to trench drains everywhere, so power screeds couldn't be used for the placement, except in small areas.’

verb

[with object]
  • Level (a floor or layer of concrete) with a straight edge using a back and forth motion while moving across the surface.

    • ‘After placement, the panels are screeded with a straightedge or vibrating screed in preparation for finishing.’
    • ‘A profile pan located on the back edge of the grout box is equipped with a tamper bar that oscillates vertically to push aggregate below the profile pan as the concrete is screeded.’
    • ‘They must be supported by a side rail or side form and they also require a hand - or motor-powered winch to pull them along the strip being screeded.’
    • ‘It is screeded with the same Bid-Well screed used for the placement of the structural concrete.’
    • ‘Once the floor is initially screeded, the first hand tool in the superflat process is the saw beam.’
    • ‘The bedding sand or screenings need to be screeded, so pull a 2x4 across the sand atop the 2 pipes, removing any excess.’
    • ‘The surface will start drying out in an hour or so, and that's when you should screed the surface again, giving it the final finish.’
    • ‘Then four-inches of gravel, followed by a layer of geotextile material, if desired, and a one-inch coarse sand setting bed screeded with a 2x4 should be laid.’
    • ‘‘It's for screeding much wider spans of concrete than you would with a hand-held or vibrating machine simply because it's more rigid and heavier,’ he says.’

Origin

Middle English: probably a variant of the noun shred. The early sense was ‘fragment cut from a main piece’, then ‘torn strip’, whence (via the notion of a long roll or list) screed (sense 1 of the noun).

Pronunciation

screed

/skriːd/