read·​out | \ ˈrēd-ˌau̇t How to pronounce readout (audio) \

Definition of readout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the process of reading
2a : the process of removing information from an automatic device (such as an electronic computer) and displaying it in an understandable form
b : the information removed from such a device and displayed or recorded (as by magnetic tape or printing device)
c : an electronic device that presents information in visual form
3 : the radio transmission of data or pictures from a space vehicle

read out

read out; reading out; reads out

Definition of read out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to read aloud
b : to produce a readout of
2 : to expel from an organization or group

Examples of readout in a Sentence


The calculator has a digital readout. He checked the readout on the screen.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Mozilla has started teasing an ad-free news subscription service, which, for $5 per month, would offer ad-free browsing, audio readouts, and cross-platform syncing of news articles from a number of websites. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Mozilla teases $5-per-month ad-free news subscription," 5 July 2019 According to a State Department readout of Pompeo’s talks in Jiddah, the secretary talked with both the Saudi king and the crown prince about the need for maritime security to ensure free navigation in the Strait of Hormuz. Washington Post, "Pompeo seeks support from allies to monitor Persian Gulf amid tensions with Iran," 25 June 2019 Bales had a monitor in front of him, with a digital readout of the computer’s vital signs. Stephen Witt, WIRED, "Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control," 24 June 2019 With some assumptions and rather involved calculations, your minders at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration can take these channel readouts and convert them into temperature estimates for the atmosphere’s various layers. National Geographic, "Why looking at Earth from above is our most critical space mission," 22 Apr. 2019 There was no immediate readout on the meeting from the U.S. delegation. Washington Post, "Much to disagree on as Trump, Macron meet on D-Day," 7 June 2019 As part of the solution, the town has put up signs where a digital readout tells motorists their speeds. Peter Marteka,, "Glastonbury officials are seeking solutions to these 4 road issues in town," 5 June 2019 The center gauge display is smallish and crowded with numbers and readouts, plus a dozen more buttons on the steering wheel and the rows of switches on the instrument panel for vent-fan-AC, audio, etc. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Lexus LS 500h: From flagship to starship," 2 Mar. 2018 Regulators on the call said that markets were functioning normally, according to a readout viewed by The Wall Street Journal. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "Trump Blasts Fed as Mnuchin Bids to Reassure Investors," 24 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of readout


1946, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of readout

computers : a small screen that shows information also : the information shown on such a screen


read·​out | \ ˈrēd-au̇t How to pronounce readout (audio) \

Kids Definition of readout

1 : information from an automatic device (as a computer) that is recorded (as on a disk) or presented in a form that can be seen
2 : an electronic device that presents information in a form that can be seen a calculator's readout

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