Definition of scree in English:


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Pronunciation: /skriː


[mass noun]
  • 1A mass of small loose stones that form or cover a slope on a mountain: they had to pick their way up precarious scree [as modifier]: we reached the treacherous scree slope
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    • The roof gives one the sensation of sitting in a dry riverbed or mountain scree slope, particularly because it lacks containing barriers.
    • Melting ice gave way to continual rocks falling down scree slopes and into glacial streams and underground ice caves.
    • It's a steep climb to the gap over loose scree and boulder slopes but the climbing eases off once you enter the narrow confines of The Window.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A slope covered with scree: the dramatic cliffs and screes
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    • On three sides, cliffs and screes rose from a lake to the ice-cap above.
    • While Meall a'Ghiubhais is a straightforward climb from the path, the steep screes and formidable northern crags of Ruadh-stac Beag makes a direct ascent almost impossible.
    • This can be found on the screes in the Torlesse Range some 80 km from Christchurch.


early 18th century: probably a back-formation from the plural screes, from Old Norse skritha 'landslip'; related to skrítha 'glide'.

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