reading

noun
read·​ing | \ ˈrē-diŋ How to pronounce reading (audio) \

Definition of reading

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the act of reading
2a : material read or for reading
b : extent of material read
3a : a particular version
b : data indicated by an instrument
4a : a particular interpretation of something (such as a law)
b : a particular performance of something (such as a musical work)
5 : an indication of a certain state of affairs a study to get some reading of shoppers' preferences

Reading

biographical name
Read·​ing | \ ˈre-diŋ How to pronounce Reading (audio) \

Definition of Reading (Entry 2 of 3)

1st Marquis of 1860-1935 Rufus Daniel Isaacs British statesman; viceroy of India (1921-26)

Reading

geographical name
Read·​ing | \ ˈre-diŋ How to pronounce Reading (audio) \

Definition of Reading (Entry 3 of 3)

1 town in eastern Massachusetts north of Boston population 24,747
2 city on the Schuylkill River in southeastern Pennsylvania population 88,082
3 town on the Thames River in southern England that is the capital of Berkshire population 219,000

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Examples of reading in a Sentence

Noun

The family attended the reading of her will. The speech ended with a reading from his latest novel. After several readings, I finally understood the meaning of the poem. He needs help in reading. The teacher gave us a list of books for further reading on the subject. He has done a lot of reading on this subject. The reading for today is about human cloning. Moby-Dick is required reading for any scholar of 19th-century American literature. The pastor selected a reading for tonight's service.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The system kept engaging nonetheless, most likely because of bad readings from a sensor, until the plane crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 189 people on board. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Lion Air Pilots Had Less Than a Minute to Avert Fatal Crash," 27 Mar. 2019 Fourth-quarter gross domestic product readings from the U.S., U.K., France and Canada could enlighten the debate over whether the global economy is in the midst of a temporary dip or headed toward a more serious downturn. ... Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Stock Market Rally Trips on Global Growth Fears," 24 Mar. 2019 Eugenie's maid of honor, her sister Princess Beatrice, will be giving a reading from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Beatrice Will Give a Reading from The Great Gatsby at Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 11 Oct. 2018 The money will support growth and for further development of Truepic’s technology, which employs location, date and time, image examination -- even barometric pressure readings from smartphone sensors -- to figure out whether photos are real. Mike Freeman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Truepic raises $8 million to help flag bogus online photos for Reddit," 22 June 2018 Despite the vibrating in his pocket, Tang isn’t concerned by the reading on the subway platform. Dan Dubno, Popular Mechanics, "This Tiny Device Can Detect Nuclear Armageddon," 25 Apr. 2019 The required reading is written by dead white men and some women. Grace Madigan, The Seattle Times, "Student Voices: There is power in seeing yourself at the front of a classroom," 29 Mar. 2019 That's been really important to me, and then a lot of reading on the effects of policies. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Yara Shahidi on the Significance of Her Barbie and How She’s Preparing for the 2020 Election," 12 Mar. 2019 Recent research shared in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, however, found that breath monitors (typically $200 to $300) provide the most accurate readings. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "What Is the Keto Diet, Exactly?," 27 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of reading

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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reading

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reading

: the act of reading something
: the activity of reading a book, magazine, etc.
: a book, article, etc., that is being read or that is intended to be read

reading

noun
read·​ing | \ ˈrē-diŋ\

Kids Definition of reading

1 : the act of reading a poetry reading
2 : something read or available to be read
3 : the number or fact shown on an instrument Take a reading from the thermometer.

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