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


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

Others offer a digital readout to take advantage of people's anxiety about their ability to accurately read a pregnancy test. Shelby Pope, Allure, "Are Cheap Home Pregnancy Tests Just as Accurate as the Expensive Ones?," 12 Mar. 2019 One of the pictures gives us a spec readout, which includes a 2960×1440 display, 4GB of RAM, and a Qualcomm SoC that looks like a match for the Snapdragon 845. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Huge Google Pixel 3 XL leak shows details, specs, unboxing, and more," 8 Aug. 2018 That launch was cancelled minutes before liftoff when technicians spotted a faulty readout on the sensors equipped on the first-stage booster. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Rocket Launch Delayed for the Third Time This Week," 20 Dec. 2018 The statement puzzled some former Treasury officials because such readouts are more common during periods of elevated financial-market stress. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Trump’s Advisers Seek to Assure Investors He Won’t Fire Fed Chair," 23 Dec. 2018 The New York Times clearly thinks of its famous election needle, the speedometer-like readout that predicts the results of the midterm elections as vote totals trickle in, as a scientific instrument. Dara Lind, Vox, "America’s love-hate relationship with the New York Times election needle, explained," 6 Nov. 2018 The unconventional dash places other gauges and readouts in the middle of the car, as on the prior-generation Prius, which, for the newcomer, takes some getting used to. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "Review: Toyota’s new Prius Prime needs more battery," 24 Jan. 2018 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, WSJ, "White House to Stop Issuing Summaries of Trump’s Calls With Foreign Leaders," 24 July 2018 That extends the number of operations that a quantum computer can perform and reduces the chance that the qubit readout will contain errors. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Qubits kept together by shouting at them with microwaves," 5 Oct. 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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