the action or practice of a person who reads.
Speech. the oral interpretation of written language.
the interpretation given in the performance of a dramatic part, musical composition, etc.: an interesting reading of Beethoven's 5th Symphony.
the extent to which a person has read; literary knowledge: a man of wide reading.
matter read or for reading: a novel that makes good reading.
the form or version of a given passage in a particular text: the various readings of a line in Shakespeare.
an instance or occasion in which a text or other matter is read or performed, usually without elaborate preparation and often as a means of testing its merits: The playwright wants to have a reading of the play for prospective producers.
an interpretation given to anything: What is your reading of the situation?
the indication of a graduated instrument: The reading is 101.2°F.
pertaining to or used for reading: reading glasses.
given to reading: the reading public.

before 900; Middle English redyng (gerund), Old English rǣdinge. See read, -ing1, -ing2

nonreading, noun
self-reading, adjective Unabridged
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reading (ˈriːdɪŋ)
1.  a.  the act of a person who reads
 b.  (as modifier): a reading room; a reading lamp
2.  a.  ability to read
 b.  (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
 a.  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
 b.  first reading second reading See third reading one of the three stages in the passage of a bill through a legislative assembly
10.  the formal recital of something written, esp a will

Reading (ˈrɛdɪŋ)
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 & History

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