sight-read


sight–read

verb \-ˌrēd\

: to perform (written music) while reading it for the first time without practicing it

sight–read \-ˌred\sight–read·ing \-ˌrē-diŋ\

Full Definition of SIGHT-READ

transitive verb
:  to read (as a foreign language) or perform (music) without previous preparation or study
intransitive verb
:  to read at sight; especially :  to perform music at sight
sight reader noun

Origin of SIGHT-READ

back-formation from sight reader
First Known Use: 1903

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