Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or activity of one that reads.
  • n. The act or practice of rendering aloud written or printed matter: skilled at forensic reading.
  • n. An official or public recitation of written material: the reading of a will; a reading by the poet of her own works.
  • n. The specific form of a particular passage in a text: an unusual reading of the old manuscript.
  • n. The distinctive interpretation of a work of performing art given by the person or persons performing it.
  • n. A personal interpretation or appraisal: He gave us his reading of the situation.
  • n. Written or printed material.
  • n. The information indicated by a gauge or graduated instrument.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of read.
  • n. The process of interpreting written language.
  • n. The process of interpreting a symbol, a sign or a measuring device.
  • n. A value indicated by a measuring device.
  • n. A meeting where written material is read aloud.
  • n. An interpretation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the act of reading; used in reading.
  • adj. Addicted to reading.
  • n. The act of one who reads; perusal; also, printed or written matter to be read.
  • n. Study of books; literary scholarship.
  • n. A lecture or prelection; public recital.
  • n. The way in which anything reads; force of a word or passage presented by a documentary authority; lection; version.
  • n. Manner of reciting, or acting a part, on the stage; way of rendering.
  • n. An observation read from the scale of a graduated instrument.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inclined to read; having a taste for reading; of a studious disposition: as, a reading community.
  • n. The act of interpreting; interpretation; exposition, as of a riddle or dream; interpretation of signs, marks, or the like; a rendering or discovery of what is signified by the state or marking of an instrument, by arbitrary signs of any kind, or by the existing condition or action of anything: as, the readings of a steam-indicator; a correct reading of the sky (as to weather), or of a person's countenance or proceedings.
  • n. The particular interpretation given to a composition of any kind, an event or a series of events, etc.; also, a rendering in speech, act, or performance; delineation; representation.
  • n. The act of perusing that which is written or printed; perusal.
  • n. The utterance or recital of recorded words, either from the record (as a printed page) or from memory; specifically, a public lection or lecture: as, to give readings from the poets, or upon law or philosophy. See read, intransitive verb, 6.
  • n. That which is read or to be read; any written or printed medium of thought or intelligence; recorded matter or material.
  • n. The indication of a graduated instrument: as, the reading of a barometer.
  • n. Textual structure or construction; a form, expression, or collocation in a writing, or in a particular copy or impression of it; a version: as, the various readings of a passage in Shakspere; the reading seems to be corrupt.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a public instance of reciting or repeating (from memory) something prepared in advance
  • n. written material intended to be read
  • n. a datum about some physical state that is presented to a user by a meter or similar instrument
  • n. a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something
  • n. the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message
  • n. a city on the River Thames in Berkshire in southern England
  • n. a particular interpretation or performance
  • n. the act of measuring with meters or similar instruments

Etymologies

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From read +‎ -ing.

Examples

  • But for this Saturday, I agreed to do a reading just so I can bring Michael and introduce him to a *poetry reading*.

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  • If an originalist reading of the Constitution does not reveal such a liberty — relying on the received meaning of the ­Constitution's words at the time they were ­written — Justice Kennedy's moral ­reading does.

    The Decider

  • [Illustration: "A Solemn Gentleman, with a troublesome cough, reading aloud to his Wife."] _Miss P. _ (_standing opposite "The Flight into Egypt" reading_).

    Punch, Or The London Charivari, Volume 102, January 16, 1892

  • When we consider the extreme cheapness of books in the United States, and the enormous price of them in this country, the facilities of reading them there, and the difficulty attending it here from the above cause, I have no hesitation in saying, that as a _reading nation_, the

    Diary in America, Series Two

  • His own reading was inconsiderable; and he used to say, that if he had spent as much time in _reading_ as other men of learning, he should have been as _ignorant_ as they.

    Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)

  • Generally the secret to reading lots of books is *consistent reading* eg I cannot say I have watched a movie end to end this year, I just sped forward through several I tried but bored me quickly, I have no clue what's on TV except from online headlines and gaming is something I help my son with once in a while with but never play for myself - so if you think of all the TV/gaming/movie time translated into book reading time and you will see that 2-4 hours of reading daily is achievable and consistent with family, work... and good book selection/mix so you always have books that fit your mood, you do not get burned out on one genre...

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  • reading assignments •access the learning materials •Students know the general scope of • learning materials •access the reading the learning unit •learning activities •Students start thinking about the assignments •assignments •access the supplementary learning unit content

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