Hypertext Webster Gateway: "reading"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Read \Read\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Read}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Reading}.] [OE. reden, r[ae]den, AS. r[=ae]dan to read,
advice, counsel, fr. r[=ae]d advise, counsel, r[=ae]dan
(imperf. reord) to advice, counsel, guess; akin to D. raden
to advise, G. raten, rathen, Icel. r[=a][eth]a, Goth.
r[=e]dan (in comp.), and perh. also to Skr. r[=a]dh to
succeed. [root]116. Cf. Riddle.]
1. To advise; to counsel. [Obs.] See {Rede}.

Therefore, I read thee, get to God's word, and
thereby try all doctrine. --Tyndale.

2. To interpret; to explain; as, to read a riddle.

3. To tell; to declare; to recite. [Obs.]

But read how art thou named, and of what kin.

4. To go over, as characters or words, and utter aloud, or
recite to one's self inaudibly; to take in the sense of,
as of language, by interpreting the characters with which
it is expressed; to peruse; as, to read a discourse; to
read the letters of an alphabet; to read figures; to read
the notes of music, or to read music; to read a book.

Redeth [read ye] the great poet of Itaille.

Well could he rede a lesson or a story. --Chaucer.

5. Hence, to know fully; to comprehend.

Who is't can read a woman? --Shak.

6. To discover or understand by characters, marks, features,
etc.; to learn by observation.

An armed corse did lie, In whose dead face he read
great magnanimity. --Spenser.

Those about her From her shall read the perfect ways
of honor. --Shak.

7. To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks; as,
to read theology or law.

{To read one's self in}, to read about the Thirty-nine
Articles and the Declaration of Assent, -- required of a
clergyman of the Church of England when he first
officiates in a new benefice.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Reading \Read"ing\, n.
1. The act of one who reads; perusal; also, printed or
written matter to be read.

2. Study of books; literary scholarship; as, a man of
extensive reading.

3. A lecture or prelection; public recital.

The Jews had their weekly readings of the law.

4. The way in which anything reads; force of a word or
passage presented by a documentary authority; lection;

5. Manner of reciting, or acting a part, on the stage; way of
rendering. [Cant]

6. An observation read from the scale of a graduated
instrument; as, the reading of a barometer.

{Reading of a bill} (Legislation), its normal recital, by the
proper officer, before the House which is to consider it.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Reading \Read"ing\, a.
1. Of or pertaining to the act of reading; used in reading.

2. Addicted to reading; as, a reading community.

{Reading book}, a book for teaching reading; a reader.

{Reading desk}, a desk to support a book while reading; esp.,
a desk used while reading the service in a church.

{Reading glass}, a large lens with more or less magnifying
power, attached to a handle, and used in reading, etc.

{Reading man}, one who reads much; hence, in the English
universities, a close, industrious student.

{Reading room}, a room appropriated to reading; a room
provided with papers, periodicals, and the like, to which
persons resort.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic
message; "he enjoys reading books"
2: the data presented to a user by a meter or similar
instrument; "he could not believe the meter reading" [syn:
{meter reading}]
3: a particular interpretation or performance; "on that reading
it was an insult"; "he was famous for his reading of
4: written material intended to be read; "the teacher assigned
new readings"; "he bought some reading material at the
airport" [syn: {reading material}]
5: a mental representation of the meaning or significance of
something [syn: {interpretation}, {version}]
6: a city on the River Thames in Berkshire in southern England
[syn: {Reading}]
7: a public instance of reciting or repeating something
prepared; "the program included songs and recitations of
well-loved poems" [syn: {recitation}, {recital}]
8: the act of measuring with meters or similar instruments; "he
has a job meter reading for the gas company" [syn: {meter

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