Pronunciation: (skrēd), [key]
1. a long discourse or essay, esp. a diatribe.
2. an informal letter, account, or other piece of writing.
3. Building Trades.
a. a strip of plaster or wood applied to a surface to be plastered to serve as a guide for making a true surface.
b. a wooden strip serving as a guide for making a true level surface on a concrete pavement or the like.
c. a board or metal strip dragged across a freshly poured concrete slab to give it its proper level.
4. Brit. Dial.a fragment or shred, as of cloth.
5. Scot.
a. a tear or rip, esp. in cloth.
b. a drinking bout.

v.t., v.i. tear, rip, or shred, as cloth.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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