Definitions

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  • n. the reading through of something.

Etymologies

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From Latin perlēctiō ("the act of reading through"), from perlegō ("read through"), from per ("through") + legō ("read").

Examples

  • Al – Jafalà = a general invitation, opp. to Al – Nakarà, especial; Khurs, a childbirth feast; ‘Akíkah, when the boy-babe is first shaved; A’zár = circumcision-feast; Hizák, when the boy has finished his perlection of the Koran; Milák, on occasion of marriage-offer; Wazímah, a mourning entertainment;

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • According to the learned Nasíf alYazají the names of entertainments are as follows: Al-Jafalà = a general invitation, opp. to Al-Nakarà, especial; Khurs, a childbirth feast; 'Akíkah, when the boy-babe is first shaved; A'zár = circumcision-feast; Hizák, when the boy has finished his perlection of the Koran; Milák, on occasion of marriage-offer; Wazímah, a mourning entertainment; Wakírah = a

    Arabian nights. English

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  • n., The action of reading through a text; a reading (classical Latin, fr. perlegere, to read through; cf. later perlegate).

    The Latin prefix per- can be given significance here—its most common senses are ‘through, in space or time; throughout, all over’ (as in vbs. pervade, perforate) and ‘thoroughly, completely, to completion, to the end’ (as in vbs. perfect, permute, perturb), which I think lend perlection the neat implication of 'reading a text from beginning to end.' I like it. :)

    September 3, 2008