the act or process of determining the intended meaning of a speaker by utilizing all visual clues accompanying speech attempts, as lip movements, facial expressions, and bodily gestures, used especially by people with impaired hearing.
Compare lip reading.

1890–95; speech + read1 + -ing1

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verb (used with object), verb (used without object), speechread [speech-red] , speechreading [speech-ree-ding] .
to comprehend by speechreading.
Compare lipread.

speech + read1

speechreader [speech-ree-der] , noun
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Example sentences
Hearing aids and speechreading may be able to help you with this type of hearing loss.
Speechreading is the more appropriate term for the process of understanding speech through visual perception of spoken language.
For baseline purposes a measure of speechreading is also obtained.
Applicants must use speech and residual hearing and/or speechreading as their mode of communication.
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