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Reading

[red-ing] /ˈrɛd ɪŋ/
noun
1.
Rufus Daniel Isaacs, 1st Marquis of, 1860–1935, Lord Chief Justice of England 1913–21; viceroy of India 1921–26.
2.
a city in Berkshire, in S England.
3.
a city in SE Pennsylvania.
4.
a town in E Massachusetts, near Boston.
5.
a city in SW Ohio.
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British Dictionary definitions for rdi reading

reading

/ˈriːdɪŋ/
noun
1.
  1. the act of a person who reads
  2. (as modifier) a reading room, a reading lamp
2.
  1. ability to read
  2. (as modifier) the reading public, a child of reading age
3.
any matter that can be read; written or printed text
4.
a public recital or rendering of a literary work
5.
the form of a particular word or passage in a given text, esp where more than one version exists
6.
an interpretation, as of a piece of music, a situation, or something said or written
7.
knowledge gained from books a person of little reading
8.
a measurement indicated by a gauge, dial, scientific instrument, etc
9.
(parliamentary procedure)
  1. the formal recital of the body or title of a bill in a legislative assembly in order to begin one of the stages of its passage
  2. one of the three stages in the passage of a bill through a legislative assembly See first reading, second reading, third reading
10.
the formal recital of something written, esp a will

Reading

/ˈrɛdɪŋ/
noun
1.
a town in S England, in Reading unitary authority, Berkshire, on the River Thames: university (1892). Pop: 232 662 (2001)
2.
a unitary authority in S England, in Berkshire. Pop: 144 100 (2003 est). Area: 37 sq km (14 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for rdi reading

Reading

county town of Berkshire, Old English Readingum (c.900), "(Settlement of) the family or followers of a man called *Read."

reading

n.

Old English ræding, "a reading, the act of reading" either silent or aloud, "a passage or lesson," verbal noun; see read (v.)). Meaning "interpretation" is from mid-14c. (in reference to dreams). Meaning "a form of a passage of text" is from 1550s; that of "a public event featuring reading aloud" is from 1787.

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