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Definition of "reading" []

  • The act or activity of one that reads. (noun)
  • The act or practice of rendering aloud written or printed matter: skilled at forensic reading. (noun)
  • An official or public recitation of written material: the reading of a will; a reading by the poet of her own works. (noun)
  • The specific form of a particular passage in a text: an unusual reading of the old manuscript. (noun)
  • The distinctive interpretation of a work of performing art given by the person or persons performing it. (noun)
  • The act of a person who reads (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • Ability to read (noun)
  • Any matter that can be read; written or printed text (noun)
  • A public recital or rendering of a literary work (noun)
  • The form of a particular word or passage in a given text, esp where more than one version exists (noun)
  • An interpretation, as of a piece of music, a situation, or something said or written (noun)
  • Knowledge gained from books (noun)
  • A measurement indicated by a gauge, dial, scientific instrument, etc (noun)
  • The formal recital of the body or title of a bill in a legislative assembly in order to begin one of the stages of its passage (noun)
  • One of the three stages in the passage of a bill through a legislative assembly (noun)
  • The formal recital of something written, esp a will (noun)

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Use "reading" in a sentence
  • "But for this Saturday, I agreed to do a reading just so I can bring Michael and introduce him to a *poetry reading*."
  • "If an originalist reading of the Constitution does not reveal such a liberty — relying on the received meaning of the ­Constitution's words at the time they were ­written — Justice Kennedy's moral ­reading does."
  • "[Illustration: "A Solemn Gentleman, with a troublesome cough, reading aloud to his Wife."] _Miss P. _ (_standing opposite "The Flight into Egypt" reading_)."