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reading

[ree-ding] /ˈri dɪŋ/
noun
1.
the action or practice of a person who reads.
2.
Speech. the oral interpretation of written language.
3.
the interpretation given in the performance of a dramatic part, musical composition, etc.:
an interesting reading of Beethoven's 5th Symphony.
4.
the extent to which a person has read; literary knowledge:
a man of wide reading.
5.
matter read or for reading:
a novel that makes good reading.
6.
the form or version of a given passage in a particular text:
the various readings of a line in Shakespeare.
7.
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.
8.
an interpretation given to anything:
What is your reading of the situation?
9.
the indication of a graduated instrument:
The reading is 101.2°F.
adjective
10.
pertaining to or used for reading:
reading glasses.
11.
given to reading:
the reading public.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English redyng (gerund), Old English rǣdinge. See read, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
nonreading, noun
self-reading, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for self-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 self-reading

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.

Reading

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

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