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NOUN (8)

1. the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message;
- Example: "his main reading was detective stories"
- Example: "suggestions for further reading"

2. a particular interpretation or performance;
- Example: "on that reading it was an insult"
- Example: "he was famous for his reading of Mozart"

3. a datum about some physical state that is presented to a user by a meter or similar instrument;
- Example: "he could not believe the meter reading"
- Example: "the barometer gave clear indications of an approaching storm"
[syn: reading, meter reading, indication]

4. written material intended to be read;
- Example: "the teacher assigned new readings"
- Example: "he bought some reading material at the airport"
[syn: reading, reading material]

5. a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something;
[syn: interpretation, reading, 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;
- Example: "the program included songs and recitations of well-loved poems"
[syn: recitation, recital, reading]

8. the act of measuring with meters or similar instruments;
- Example: "he has a job meter reading for the gas company"
[syn: reading, meter reading]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Read \Read\ (r[=e]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Read (r[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Reading.] [OE. reden, r[ae]den, AS. r[=ae]dan to read, advise, counsel, fr. r[=ae]d advice, counsel, r[=ae]dan (imperf. reord) to advise, counsel, guess; akin to D. raden to advise, G. raten, rathen, Icel. r[=a][eth]a, Goth. r[=e]dan (in comp.), and perh. also to Skr. r[=a]dh to succeed. [root]116. Cf. Riddle.] 1. To advise; to counsel. [Obs.] See Rede. [1913 Webster] Therefore, I read thee, get thee to God's word, and thereby try all doctrine. --Tyndale. [1913 Webster] 2. To interpret; to explain; as, to read a riddle. [1913 Webster] 3. To tell; to declare; to recite. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] But read how art thou named, and of what kin. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Redeth [read ye] the great poet of Itaille. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Well could he rede a lesson or a story. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 5. Hence, to know fully; to comprehend. [1913 Webster] Who is't can read a woman? --Shak. [1913 Webster] 6. To discover or understand by characters, marks, features, etc.; to learn by observation. [1913 Webster] An armed corse did lie, In whose dead face he read great magnanimity. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] Those about her From her shall read the perfect ways of honor. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 7. To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks; as, to read theology or law. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Reading \Read"ing\ (r[=e]d"[i^]ng), n. 1. The act of one who reads; perusal; also, printed or written matter to be read. [1913 Webster] 2. Study of books; literary scholarship; as, a man of extensive reading. [1913 Webster] 3. A lecture or prelection; public recital. [1913 Webster] The Jews had their weekly readings of the law. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] 4. The way in which anything reads; force of a word or passage presented by a documentary authority; lection; version. [1913 Webster] 5. Manner of reciting, or acting a part, on the stage; way of rendering. [Cant] [1913 Webster] 6. An observation read from the scale of a graduated instrument; as, the reading of a barometer. [1913 Webster] Reading of a bill (Legislation), its formal recital, by the proper officer, before the House which is to consider it. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Reading \Read"ing\, a. 1. Of or pertaining to the act of reading; used in reading. [1913 Webster] 2. Addicted to reading; as, a reading community. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

reading n 1: the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message; "his main reading was detective stories"; "suggestions for further reading" 2: a particular interpretation or performance; "on that reading it was an insult"; "he was famous for his reading of Mozart" 3: 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: reading, meter reading, indication] 4: written material intended to be read; "the teacher assigned new readings"; "he bought some reading material at the airport" [syn: reading, reading material] 5: a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something [syn: interpretation, reading, 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, reading] 8: the act of measuring with meters or similar instruments; "he has a job meter reading for the gas company" [syn: reading, meter reading]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

168 Moby Thesaurus words for "reading": CRT spot, DM display, Doppler signal, IF signal, IM display, RF echoes, address, after-dinner speech, allocution, application, barometer, beam, beat signal, bibliolatry, bibliomania, blips, bluestockingism, boning, book learning, book madness, bookiness, bookishness, booklore, bounces, brainwork, canon, chalk talk, check, classical scholarship, classicism, composite reading, conflation, conning, construction, contemplation, cram, cramming, criterion, critical edition, culture, debate, declamation, definition, degree, description, diagnosis, diatribe, diplomatic text, display, donnishness, double-dot display, drill, echo, echo signal, edited text, edition, engrossment, eruditeness, erudition, eulogy, exercise, exhortation, extensive study, filibuster, forensic, forensic address, formal speech, funeral oration, gauge, graduated scale, grind, grinding, harangue, headwork, hortatory address, humanism, humanistic scholarship, inaugural, inaugural address, inspection, intellectualism, intellectuality, interpretation, invective, jeremiad, learnedness, lection, letters, literacy, local oscillator signal, lucubration, meaning, measure, mental labor, model, norm, normalized text, oration, output signal, parameter, pattern, pedantism, pedantry, pep talk, peroration, perusal, philippic, picture, pips, pitch, practice, prepared speech, prepared text, public speech, quantity, radar signal, readout, recital, recitation, reflection, rendering, rendition, restudy, restudying, return, return signal, review, rule, sales talk, salutatory, salutatory address, say, scale, scholarly edition, scholarship, screed, set speech, signal, signal display, speech, speechification, speeching, spot, standard, study, studying, subject, swotting, talk, talkathon, target image, test, text, tirade, touchstone, trace, transmitter signal, type, valediction, valedictory, valedictory address, value, variant, version, video signal, way of seeing, wide reading, yardstick
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

READING, n. The general body of what one reads. In our country it consists, as a rule, of Indiana novels, short stories in "dialect" and humor in slang. We know by one's reading His learning and breeding; By what draws his laughter We know his Hereafter. Read nothing, laugh never -- The Sphinx was less clever! Jupiter Muke
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Reading, OH -- U.S. city in Ohio Population (2000): 11292 Housing Units (2000): 5128 Land area (2000): 2.919617 sq. miles (7.561773 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.919617 sq. miles (7.561773 sq. km) FIPS code: 65732 Located within: Ohio (OH), FIPS 39 Location: 39.222709 N, 84.439036 W ZIP Codes (1990): Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Reading, OH Reading
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Reading, PA -- U.S. city in Pennsylvania Population (2000): 81207 Housing Units (2000): 34314 Land area (2000): 9.819278 sq. miles (25.431811 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.244400 sq. miles (0.632993 sq. km) Total area (2000): 10.063678 sq. miles (26.064804 sq. km) FIPS code: 63624 Located within: Pennsylvania (PA), FIPS 42 Location: 40.341692 N, 75.926301 W ZIP Codes (1990): 19601 19602 19604 19605 19611 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Reading, PA Reading
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Reading, KS -- U.S. city in Kansas Population (2000): 247 Housing Units (2000): 108 Land area (2000): 0.208385 sq. miles (0.539714 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.208385 sq. miles (0.539714 sq. km) FIPS code: 58600 Located within: Kansas (KS), FIPS 20 Location: 38.519102 N, 95.959091 W ZIP Codes (1990): 66868 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Reading, KS Reading
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Reading, MA -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Massachusetts Population (2000): 23708 Housing Units (2000): 8823 Land area (2000): 9.926765 sq. miles (25.710202 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 9.926765 sq. miles (25.710202 sq. km) FIPS code: 56165 Located within: Massachusetts (MA), FIPS 25 Location: 42.525850 N, 71.109939 W ZIP Codes (1990): 01867 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Reading, MA Reading
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Reading, MI -- U.S. city in Michigan Population (2000): 1134 Housing Units (2000): 432 Land area (2000): 0.975680 sq. miles (2.527000 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.975680 sq. miles (2.527000 sq. km) FIPS code: 67500 Located within: Michigan (MI), FIPS 26 Location: 41.838392 N, 84.747297 W ZIP Codes (1990): 49274 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Reading, MI Reading