first reading

noun

Definition of first reading 

: the first submitting of a bill before a quorum of a legislative assembly usually by title or number only

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Morris first read about Gershwin's national anthem in a biography on the composer. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "Is it time for another national anthem? New competition lets Americans try to write one," 3 July 2018 Thus, Fallon invited viewers to vote online and via social media with their pick, and after receiving more than 100,000 votes, Fallon announced the club’s first read for the month of July last week. Rachel King, Fortune, "Book Clubs Are Really Having a Moment Right Now," 2 July 2018 In regular session, the council approved on first reading an ordinance requiring businesses to have a shopping-cart containment plan or retrieval service. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "How they voted, June 24," 24 June 2018 Foles looked off his first read, turned and fired, but the toss was right to linebacker Nate Gerry. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Eagles practice observations: Jalen Mills locks down; Nelson Agholor explodes; Dallas Goedert catches on," 13 June 2018 In regular session, the council approved on first reading an ordinance requiring all commercial service providers who access docks to obtain a permit from the Small Craft Harbor District. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "How they voted, April 1," 1 Apr. 2018 Kranzler and Phelps first read about the Quiet Zone several years ago. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Want to Hunt Aliens? Go to West Virginia's Low-Tech 'Quiet Zone'," 3 May 2018 Cone blended the racial pride of the black power movement with an emphasis on social justice that had been a part of the black church since enslaved Africans first read the Bible. John Blake, CNN, "Remembering the theologian who took on the hypocrisy of the white church," 30 Apr. 2018 The first read on the play for inbound forward Isaiah Livers was to hurl a half-court pass to Abdur-Rahkman and give him a chance to catch and drive to the basket at the other end. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Fire and ice keep Michigan basketball moving, improving with victory," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of first reading

1571, in the meaning defined above

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