reading: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (rē'ding), [key]
— n.
  1. the action or practice of a person who reads.
  2. the oral interpretation of written language.
  3. the interpretation given in the performance of a dramatic part, musical composition, etc.: an interesting reading of Beethoven's 5th Symphony.
  4. the extent to which a person has read; literary knowledge: a man of wide reading.
  5. matter read or for reading: a novel that makes good reading.
  6. the form or version of a given passage in a particular text: the various readings of a line in Shakespeare.
  7. an instance or occasion in which a text or other matter is read or performed, usually without elaborate preparation and often as a means of testing its merits: The playwright wants to have a reading of the play for prospective producers.
  8. an interpretation given to anything: What is your reading of the situation?
  9. the indication of a graduated instrument: The reading is 101.2°F.
  1. pertaining to or used for reading: reading glasses.
  2. given to reading: the reading public.


Pronunciation: (red'ing), [key]
— n.
  1. 1860–1935, Lord Chief Justice of England 1913–21; viceroy of India 1921–26.
  2. a city in Berkshire, in S England. 132,900.
  3. a city in SE Pennsylvania. 78,686.
  4. a town in E Massachusetts, near Boston. 22,678.
  5. a city in SW Ohio. 12,879.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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