5. Sc. A sound as of the tearing of cloth; hence, ‘any loud, shrill sound’ (Jam.).

a1805 MACNEILL Poems (1844) 125
Fearfu’ ye sang till some agreed
The notes war true;
Whan grown mair bauld, ye gae a screed
That pleased nae few.
free floating screed

1805 J. NICOL Poems II. 12 (Jam.)

Their cudgels brandish’d ‘boon their heads,{em}
Their horns emittin martial screeds.

1812 P. NICHOLSON Mech. Exerc. 308 Floating Skreeds differ from cornice skreeds in this, that the former is a strip of plaster, and the latter wooden rules for running the cornice.

The angle at which the tow arm pull is exerted on the screed also contributes to the motion; its resultant force is either added or subtracted from the mass of the screed.

In the 1930s, Sheldon G. Hayes was the first to use a Barber-Greene finisher, which consisted of a tractor unit and a screed unit with a vertical tamping bar. Barber-Greene introduced the floating screed a few years later, and its design dominated the market until the patent expired in 1955.


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