Etymology
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screed (n.)

early 15c., "fragment, piece torn off," also "strip of cloth," a northern England dialectal variant of Old English screade (see shred (n.)). Meaning "lengthy speech" is by 1812, from the notion of reading from a long list or simply a "long strip" of speaking.

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Definitions of screed

screed (n.)
a long monotonous harangue;
screed (n.)
a long piece of writing;
screed (n.)
an accurately levelled strip of material placed on a wall or floor as guide for the even application of plaster or concrete;
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