Prolix vs Screed - What's the difference?

prolix | screed |

As an adjective prolix

is tediously lengthy.

As a noun screed is

a long discourse or harangue.

As a verb screed is

(construction|masonry) to produce a smooth flat layer of concrete or similar material.




(en adjective)
  • Tediously lengthy.
  • * 1843, "Bossi—Necrologia G. C. Leonardo Sismondi.", vol. LXXII, issue CXLIV, p. 333,
  • People who have blamed [Jean Charles Léonard de] Sismondi as unnecessarily prolix cannot have considered the crowd of details presented by the history of Italy.
  • Tending to use big or obscure words, which few understand.
  • Synonyms

    * (tediously lengthy) bombastic, long-winded, verbose, wordy * See also


    * (tediously lengthy) concise, terse




    (en noun)
  • A long discourse or harangue.
  • A piece of writing.
  • A tool, usually a long strip of wood or other material, for producing a smooth, flat surface on, for example, a concrete floor or a plaster wall.
  • A smooth flat layer of concrete or similar material.
  • Synonyms

    *(impassioned and angry discourse) diatribe, harangue, polemic, rant, tirade *(smooth flat layer of concrete or similar) slab


    (en verb)
  • (construction, masonry) To produce a smooth flat layer of concrete or similar material.
  • (construction, masonry) To use a screed (tool).
  • Quotations

    * 1999 , U.S. Dept. of the Army, Concrete, masonry, and brickwork: a practical handbook , page 131 *: The sequence of the operation is: screed', vibrate, then ' screed again. If forms are in good alignment and firmly supported, and if the concrete has the correct workability,