Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A table providing support for a heavy book or books, when in use, and frequently space for other books needed for consultation, and the like. There are many-patterns, some having a revolving top.

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Examples

  • Not hurrying over the job, I had the fittings knocked together in contriving ways under my own inspection, and here was her bed in a berth with curtains, and there was her reading-table, and here was her writing-desk, and elsewhere was her books in rows upon rows, picters and no picters, bindings and no bindings, gilt-edged and plain, just as I could pick

    Doctor Marigold

  • Not hurrying over the job, I had the fittings knocked together in contriving ways under my own inspection, and here was her bed in a berth with curtains, and there was her reading-table, and here was her writing-desk, and elsewhere was her books in rows upon rows, picters and no picters, bindings and no bindings, gilt-edged and plain, just as I could pick

    Doctor Marigold

  • Wessel returned to his reading-table, opened to the Legend of

    Tales of the Jazz Age

  • He kept the reading-table by his bed well stocked with a variety of the products and invited various callers to try a complimentary sample lot.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • Having dashed the stews upon the reading-table before the fire, and rescued a drowning fly [1] from one of them with his least appetizing thumb-nail, the melancholy Irish attendant polished the spoons with his pocket-handkerchief and hurled them on either side of the plates.

    Punchinello, Volume 1, No. 17, July 23, 1870

  • Severely unostentatious was that office, with its two ink-stained desks, shelves of lettered deed-boxes, glass case of law-books in sheep, and vellum-covered reading-table in the centre of the room.

    Punchinello, Volume 1, No. 16, July 16, 1870

  • GOLDEN DAYS are held together by it in the convenient form of a book, which can be kept lying on the reading-table.

    Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XIII, Nov. 28, 1891

  • Hopewell Drugg furnished bracket lamps, and gave her the benefit of the wholesale discount on a hanging lamp and reflector to light the reading-table.

    Janice Day at Poketown

  • The young man had taken Mr. Jefferson's place before the open fire and now stood leaning against the chimney-piece as he talked, while Mr. Jefferson, sitting beside the reading-table, drew deep whiffs of the fragrant tobacco from his long pipe and listened interestedly to what Calvert had to say, smiling now and then appreciatively.

    Calvert of Strathore

  • GOLDEN DAYS are held together by it in the convenient form of a book, which can be kept lying on the reading-table.

    Golden Days for Boys and Girls Volume VIII, No 25: May 21, 1887

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