1. The act of one who reads; perusal; also, printed or written matter to be read.
2. Study of books; literary scholarship; as, a man of extensive reading.
3. A lecture or prelection; public recital.
The Jews had their weekly readings of the law. --Hooker.
4. The way in which anything reads; force of a word or passage presented by a documentary authority; lection; version.
5. Manner of reciting, or acting a part, on the stage; way of rendering. [Cant]
6. An observation read from the scale of a graduated instrument; as, the reading of a barometer.
Reading of a bill Legislation, its formal recital, by the proper officer, before the House which is to consider it.
1. Of or pertaining to the act of reading; used in reading.
2. Addicted to reading; as, a reading community.
Reading book, a book for teaching reading; a reader.
Reading desk, a desk to support a book while reading; esp., a desk used while reading the service in a church.
Reading glass, a large lens with more or less magnifying power, attached to a handle, and used in reading, etc.
Reading man, one who reads much; hence, in the English universities, a close, industrious student.
Reading room, a room appropriated to reading; a room provided with papers, periodicals, and the like, to which persons resort.
Read v. t. [imp. & p. p. Read p. pr. & vb. n. Reading.]
1. To advise; to counsel. [Obs.] See Rede.
Therefore, I read thee, get thee to God's word, and thereby try all doctrine. --Tyndale.
2. To interpret; to explain; as, to read a riddle.
3. To tell; to declare; to recite. [Obs.]
But read how art thou named, and of what kin. --Spenser.
4. To go over, as characters or words, and utter aloud, or recite to one's self inaudibly; to take in the sense of, as of language, by interpreting the characters with which it is expressed; to peruse; as, to read a discourse; to read the letters of an alphabet; to read figures; to read the notes of music, or to read music; to read a book.
Redeth [read ye] the great poet of Itaille. --Chaucer.
Well could he rede a lesson or a story. --Chaucer.
5. Hence, to know fully; to comprehend.
Who is't can read a woman? --Shak.
6. To discover or understand by characters, marks, features, etc.; to learn by observation.
An armed corse did lie,
In whose dead face he read great magnanimity. --Spenser.
Those about her
From her shall read the perfect ways of honor. --Shak.
7. To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks; as, to read theology or law.
To read one's self in, to read aloud the Thirty-nine Articles and the Declaration of Assent, -- required of a clergyman of the Church of England when he first officiates in a new benefice.
n 1: the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic
message; "he enjoys reading books"
2: a datum about some physical state that is presented to a
user by a meter or similar instrument; "he could not
believe the meter reading"; "the barometer gave clear
indications of an approaching storm" [syn: meter reading,
3: a particular interpretation or performance; "on that reading
it was an insult"; "he was famous for his reading of
4: written material intended to be read; "the teacher assigned
new readings"; "he bought some reading material at the
airport" [syn: reading material]
5: a mental representation of the meaning or significance of
something [syn: interpretation, version]
6: a city on the River Thames in Berkshire in southern England
7: a public instance of reciting or repeating (from memory)
something prepared in advance; "the program included songs
and recitations of well-loved poems" [syn: recitation, recital]
8: the act of measuring with meters or similar instruments; "he
has a job meter reading for the gas company" [syn: meter