read·​out | \ ˈrēd-ˌau̇t How to pronounce readout (audio) \
variants: or less commonly read-out
plural readouts also read-outs

Definition of readout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the process of removing information from an automatic device (such as a computer or sensor) and displaying it in an understandable form
b : the information removed from such a device and displayed or recorded (as by printing device or electronic screen) … systems are capable of giving a constant readout of speed and distance traveled to a high degree of accuracy.Dutton's Navigation & Piloting
c : an electronic device that presents information in visual form The second-best thing is the monitor: It produced extremely crisp, sharp images, and an LED readout on the front provides pertinent information such as the current resolution and refresh rate.— Preston Gralla
2 : a document that summarizes the content of a meeting, telephone call, etc. involving government officials Many foreign leaders also issue their own readouts, providing their version of the calls, which can sometimes differ in tone and emphasis from the White House summary.— Vivian Salama
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

Noun The calculator has a digital readout. He checked the readout on the screen.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Its intuitive display will present one of three colors depending on the readout: blue for normal body temperature, purple for a low fever, and red for a high fever. Popular Science, "Digital, contactless thermometers have become a must-have these days," 12 Sep. 2020 Both sides also discussed enhancing macro-policy coordination, according to the Chinese readout., "U.S., China Signal Progress on Trade Deal as Relations Fray," 28 Aug. 2020 The proof is much more than a readout of all the configurations of variables the computers checked. Quanta Magazine, "Computer Search Settles 90-Year-Old Math Problem," 19 Aug. 2020 Simply: Most have a probe that's inserted into the food, and a readout that shows the internal temperature. Mercedes Cardona, Good Housekeeping, "How to Use a Meat Thermometer for Perfectly Cooked Meals," 14 Aug. 2020 The conciliatory Kremlin readout of the Putin-Lukashenko call marks a step back from a harsh rebuke issued earlier this week by Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of Russia's Security Council. Vladimir Isachenkov, Star Tribune, "Leaders of Russia and Belarus discuss arrested contractors," 7 Aug. 2020 Such tests cost as little as $1 to $2 each, give a yes/no readout within minutes much like a pregnancy test, and are already used to detect influenza, HIV, and other viruses. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Radical shift in COVID-19 testing strategy needed to reopen schools and businesses, researchers say," 3 Aug. 2020 Rolfe doesn’t tell Brooks the results though his body camera recorded a digital readout of 0.108 — higher than the 0.08-gram blood alcohol content considered too intoxicated to drive in Georgia. Brynn Anderson, The Denver Post, "“Stop fighting!” Atlanta sobriety test quickly turned deadly.," 14 June 2020 Lopez Obrador and Trudeau spoke Monday morning about the new trade agreement, according to a readout from the Canadian prime minister’s office. Fortune, "Justin Trudeau will not attend new NAFTA summit in U.S. this week," 6 July 2020

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1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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19 Sep 2020

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“Readout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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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