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 Listening to a computer readout of a document while co-workers chatted was daunting. Chase Difeliciantonio,, "How blind Google engineer handles challenge of working remotely," 28 Dec. 2020 The caveat is that these facial expressions do not provide a readout of emotion or intention, asserts Jeffrey Cohn, a professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, who also peer-reviewed the paper. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "A Smile at a Wedding and a Cheer at a Soccer Game Are Alike the World Over," 17 Dec. 2020 In its readout of the call, Downing Street did not mention Northern Ireland. Washington Post, "Boris Johnson’s Brexit has a Joe Biden problem," 12 Nov. 2020 Check out our recovery dashboard here for the latest readout on your state. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Recession risk grows as Covid-19 cases continue to surge," 23 Oct. 2020 Pompeo spoke to Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdel-Mahdi on Thursday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdel-Mahdi on Thursday, according to a readout of the call released by the White House. Haley Ott, CBS News, "Iran says U.S. bears blame for Iranian forces shooting down plane," 15 Jan. 2020 For some reason, the readout can't be moved to the seven-inch digital screen in the center of the cluster, with that space reserved for more important instruments—such as a compass. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Kia Niro Hybrid Trades Power for Efficiency," 2 Dec. 2020 The highly positive readout comes just a week after a similar shot developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE was found to be more than 90% effective in an interim analysis. Robert Langreth, Fortune, "Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is 94.5% effective," 16 Nov. 2020 Unlike both of these options, an optical quantum computer could be a (large) chip-scale device that is powered by an array of laser diodes, with readout done by a series of single-photon detectors. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Quantum device performs 2.6 billion years of computation in 4 minutes," 7 Dec. 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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11 Jan 2021

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“Readout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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