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Meaning of reading by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: rĕd'ĭng, IPA: /ˈredɪŋ/, X-SAMPA: /"redIN/
    • Rhymes: -ɛdɪŋ

    Proper noun


    1. A town in Berkshire, England .


    • deraign, gradine, grained, inraged

Explanation of reading by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the act of measuring with meters or similar instruments

    2. he has a job meter reading for the gas company
    3. the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message

    4. his main reading was detective stories
      suggestions for further reading
    5. a datum about some physical state that is presented to a user by a meter or similar instrument

    6. he could not believe the meter reading
    7. a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something

    8. written material intended to be read

    9. the teacher assigned new readings
      he bought some reading material at the airport
    10. a particular interpretation or performance

    11. on that reading it was an insult
      he was famous for his reading of Mozart
    12. a public instance of reciting or repeating ( from memory ) something prepared in advance

    13. a city on the River Thames in Berkshire in southern England

    Definition of reading by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Read ( rēd ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Read ( rĕd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Reading.] [OE. reden, ræden, AS. rǣdan to read, advise, counsel, fr. rǣd advice, counsel, rǣdan ( imperf. reord ) to advise, counsel, guess; akin to D. raden to advise, G. raten, rathen, Icel. rāða, Goth. rēdan ( in comp. ), and perh. also to Skr. rādh to succeed. √116. Cf. Riddle.]
      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.

    2. Reading ( rēdĭng ), n.
      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.

    3. Reading, a.
      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.