Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An apartment appropriated to reading; a room furnished withnewspapers, periodicals, etc., to which persons resort for reading.
  • n. A room or closet set apart for the use of professional proof-readers.

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Examples

  • It was with regret that he ceased from writing to study, that he ceased from study to go to the library, that he tore himself away from that chart-room of knowledge or from the magazines in the reading-room that were filled with the secrets of writers who succeeded in selling their wares.

    Chapter 11

  • He wrote prolifically, intensely, from morning till night, and late at night, except when he broke off to go to the reading-room, draw books from the library, or to call on Ruth.

    Chapter 11

  • Unswayed by the presence in the council chamber of a double-page "pin-up" in colour of the Swedish film star Anita Ekberg, Oxford City Council yesterday refused by a substantial majority to ask the Library Committee to reconsider its decision not to take "Picture Post" in the reading-room of the public library.

    From the archive, 17 January 1956: Succulent Popsies Not for Oxford

  • The falling rate of profit, the tendency to monopoly … how wrong could that old reading-room attendant have been?

    The Revenge of Karl Marx

  • He went to the free reading-room and looked through the files of THE YOUTH'S COMPANION.

    Chapter 9

  • He toiled on till dark, when he went out to the reading-room and explored magazines and weeklies until the place closed at ten o'clock.

    Chapter 9

  • Go to the reading-room balcony to meet Ms. Melendez's mother and father, aunts and uncles, and many cousins.

    Families in Focus, Harlem at Night

  • Two years later a similar article on the Reading Room grumbles about the open access issue where “some people who are neither scholars nor students find their way into the reading-room,” and goes on to describe such visitors as “necessary evils ... to be endured” and as “dead flies which spoil the ointment.”

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • Then I got such a real painful tolchock on the nose that I said to myself to hell to hell, and I opened my glazzies up and started to struggle to get free, which was not hard, brothers, and I tore off creeching to the sort of hallway outside the reading-room.

    Where's the show?

  • I settled down there in the reading-room, and because I was tired and feeling not so well the stream of tumblers came and went beside my elbow, for the bell was at my side.

    Movie Night

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