: an accumulation of loose stones or rocky debris lying on a slope or at the base of a hill or cliff : talus

Examples of scree in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The piece transforms the wall with a cluster of dents and gashes, leaving a scree of detritus beneath it; the head itself lies among the rubble. Max Norman, The New Yorker, 3 Feb. 2024 Above 13,000 feet, the trail disappears, turning the final push into a steep, tortuous slog up loose scree guided only by cairns — stone towers left by previous climbers to mark the way. Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2023 Tips for Buying Hiking Sandals Traction is paramount Maneuvering up a steep scree? Todd Plummer, Travel + Leisure, 28 June 2023 And the four-way stretch, water-resistant Dyneema scree guard that extends around the ankle moves comfortably with me while keeping trail gunk from sneaking in and irritating my feet. Lisa Jhung, Outside Online, 26 Jan. 2023 Going up the volcanic ash and scree is definitely a battle. oregonlive, 19 Sep. 2022 Keep that volcanic ash and scree from getting into your shoes. oregonlive, 19 Sep. 2022 Rather, one model could arrive with an all-new scree size, that is, a display measuring 1.99 inches diagonally. David Phelan, Forbes, 6 July 2022 Lots of padding and an extra-wide toe box kept feet comfy on longer days, and tough nubuck leather held up like a champ after multiple thrashings through rocky scree fields. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, 14 May 2015

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Word History


Scots & northern English dialect, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skritha landslide, from skrītha to creep; akin to Old High German scrītan to go, Lithuanian skriesti to turn

First Known Use

circa 1781, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scree was circa 1781

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Cite this Entry

“Scree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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