One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1US. A writer of screeds. Also in weakened use. Now somewhat rare.
2A person employed to spread a layer of concrete, asphalt, or similar substance into a level surface for a road, driveway, pavement, etc.
3A straight edge or rule which is scraped over a layer of concrete, asphalt, or similar substance, in order to spread it into a level surface. Now chiefly: a machine incorporating a mechanized version of this, which typically compacts the substance being spread by vibrating or rolling.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Weekly Register-Call (Central City, Colorado). Partly from screed + -er.
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