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reading desk

a desk for use in reading, especially by a person standing.
a lectern in a church.
Origin of reading desk
1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • In this hall he found once more the dusty odour of the school, a reading-desk of similar shape, the same wearisome monotony!

    Sentimental Education Vol 1 Gustave Flaubert
  • There was a large platform, with chairs upon it, but no pulpit or reading-desk.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • No altar, not even a pulpit or reading-desk; there is an utter absence of decoration.

  • He had a very gentlemanlike appearance in the pulpit and reading-desk.

  • He was treated with much consideration by Mr. Akerman, allowed to have books, papers, and a reading-desk.

  • He lit two or three jets of the corona over the reading-desk.

    When It Was Dark Guy Thorne
  • Perhaps he means to pray at the reading-desk during the Solemn Days.

    Stories and Pictures Isaac Loeb Peretz
  • The only luminous centre is the reading-desk, facing the pulpit, hung with red.

  • She placed it before her on the reading-desk and sat gazing at it.

    Black Diamonds Mr Jkai
  • I wanted something by the reading-desk, and these fish are so appropriate to our town.

    The Vicar's People George Manville Fenn

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