What does the word tirade mean?

Usage examples for tirade

  1. But the Chanson having a special formal peculiarity- the assonanced or rhymed tirade- survived the new influence better than the other two, and keeps its name, and to some extent its character, while the Romances of Arthur and antiquity are simply lost in the general body of tales of adventure. – A Short History of French Literature by George Saintsbury
  2. Thinking Lem had ended his tirade, Scraggy made a motion to rise. – From the Valley of the Missing by Grace Miller White