scree

scree
1. noun /ˈskɹiː/
a) Loose stony debris on a slope.

Occasional rounds zinged off the scree, each with a different pitch.

b) A slope of such material at the base of a cliff, etc.

The next landmark was an apachita cairn, at the top of a steep scree. Each pilgrim carried a stone to the summit, spat on it, and threw it on to the cairn — the purpose being, I was told, to relieve the soul of its sins [...]

2. verb /ˈskɹiː/
a) To flatten or level concrete, while still wet, and clear protruding stones and gravel from the surface.

The crushing and screeing equipment owned by the TVA was transferred from job to job, and the availability of this equipment was one of the factors in determining who would produce the aggregate.

b) To traverse scree.

Pour concrete. Use a straight 1-inch pipe about 12 feet long to scree each section.


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