read·​out | \ˈrēd-ˌau̇t \

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

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 There are also information readouts at the front of the car, fitted right next to the LED headlights, and integrated below them is a black bar with radar detectors, 3D cameras, and a laser sensor. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Volvo’s 360c concept has softened my cynicism about autonomous cars," 6 Sep. 2018 Knurled mode dials, dedicated shortcut buttons for white balance, ISO, and exposure adjustment, and an LCD readout at the top of the camera are all features that pros will appreciate. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Panasonic’s Lumix S1R is an unapologetically blocky pro camera," 29 Sep. 2018 By all accounts of the readouts of his meetings, Kim is smart and reads up and knows what's going on. David Nakamura, Washington Post, "Trump: U.S. troop withdrawal from South Korea is not on the table — for now," 4 May 2018 Next the special effects people made a program that displays the calculated speed on the readout in the scene. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "How Fast Do Spacecraft Travel in The Expanse?," 31 May 2018 Using the accelerometer readouts, the scientists determined how many minutes per day, in total, each person had spent in moderate or vigorous physical activity. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Those 2-Minute Walk Breaks? They Add Up," 28 Mar. 2018 The readout also said that the two leaders talked about some differences. John Wagner, Washington Post, "Trump defends congratulatory call to Putin, saying better relations are a ‘good thing’," 21 Mar. 2018 In October 2017, senior Justice Department officials gave lawmakers from both parties a readout on the 2016 briefing after Republicans demanded to see documents about the Russia investigation and related matters. Marshall Cohen, CNN, "Trump says he wasn't warned in 2016 about Russia threats. He was.," 31 May 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 \

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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