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Definitions of reading

  1. 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"
  2. a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something
  3. the act of measuring with meters or similar instruments; " he has a job meter reading for the gas company"
  4. a city on the River Thames in Berkshire in southern England
  5. the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message; " he enjoys reading books"
  6. written material intended to be read; " the teacher assigned new readings"; " he bought some reading material at the airport"
  7. a particular interpretation or performance; " on that reading it was an insult"; " he was famous for his reading of Mozart"
  8. a public instance of reciting or repeating ( from memory) something prepared in advance; " the program included songs and recitations of well- loved poems"
  9. of Read
  10. The act of one who reads; perusal; also, printed or written matter to be read.
  11. Study of books; literary scholarship; as, a man of extensive reading.
  12. A lecture or prelection; public recital.
  13. The way in which anything reads; force of a word or passage presented by a documentary authority; lection; version.
  14. Manner of reciting, or acting a part, on the stage; way of rendering.
  15. An observation read from the scale of a graduated instrument; as, the reading of a barometer.
  16. Of or pertaining to the act of reading; used in reading.
  17. Addicted to reading; as, a reading community.
  18. Perusal of written or printed matter; study of books; scholarship; public recital; as, to give readings from the poets; form of a particular passage in a book; as, various readings of a passage in Shakespeare; written or printed matter to be perused; manner of interpreting; as, an actor's reading of his lines; that which is shown by a scientific instrument; as, the reading of a gas meter.
  19. Addicted to reading.
  20. Act of reading: persual: study of books: public or formal recital: the way in which a passage reads: an interpretation of a passage or work.
  21. Perusal; recital; interpretation or language of a passage.
  22. The act of one who reads; study.
  23. That which is read; exact form of a passage or word in a given book; interpretation; rendering.
  24. Addicted to or devoted to reading.
  25. The act of reading; study of books; a lecture; a public recital; the way in which a passage reads; interpretation and rendering; the formal recital of a bill by the proper officer before the legislative body which is to consider it.
  26. A perusal; a public recital; a lecture; a given word or passage as it reads in a particular MS. or printed book; a version or interpretation of a particular passage in a book, as conveying the true meaning of its author; the formal recital of a bill before Parliament, as first reading.
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Usage examples for reading

  1. All the time that you were reading – Mabel's Mistake by Ann S. Stephens
  2. Rennie was reading this all wrong. – Rebel Spurs by Andre Norton
  3. She's been reading – Brain Twister by Gordon Randall Garrett Laurence Mark Janifer
  4. " About four years ago I began a work, which had cost me very much thought and reading – Green Tea; Mr. Justice Harbottle by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
  5. It was the same with her reading – The Other Girls by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  6. Do go on reading – The Twelfth Hour by Ada Leverson
  7. I had been reading the note again. – The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  8. And he has saved me the trouble of reading more. – The Inside of the Cup, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  9. I think you were reading his message at the time I entered. – The Bluff of the Hawk by Anthony Gilmore
  10. I think it is afterwards, by reading up on the subject, that one becomes first conscious of them. – Our Journey to the Hebrides by Joseph Pennell and Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  11. She had a letter to write, and I have been reading – Jewel A Chapter In Her Life by Clara Louise Burnham
  12. She was reading aloud from a paper that lay on the table before her. – Gritli's Children by Johanna Spyri
  13. He could see her reading what he had written. – The Tin Soldier by Temple Bailey
  14. " Here, this looks like it," said Telson, reading – The Willoughby Captains by Talbot Baines Reed
  15. You would like to hear reading now, wouldn't you? – Opportunities by Susan Warner
  16. During the reading that followed he sat back in his deep chair, his eyes closed. – The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  17. This was plain reading – The Boss of Little Arcady by Harry Leon Wilson
  18. I was reading from Sir Deryck's letter. – The Rosary by Florence L. Barclay
  19. I've just been reading all about him, and you can't think what fun they used to have! – The Twelfth Hour by Ada Leverson
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