Meaning of READING in English

READING

/ ˈriːdɪŋ; NAmE / noun

ACTIVITY

1.

[ U ] the activity of sb who reads :

My hobbies include reading and painting.

He needs more help with his reading.

Are you any good at map reading?

reading glasses (= worn when reading)

a reading lamp / light (= one that can be moved to shine light onto sth that you are reading)

2.

[ sing. ] an act of reading sth :

A closer (= more detailed) reading of the text reveals just how desperate he was feeling.

BOOKS / ARTICLES

3.

[ U ] books, articles, etc. that are intended to be read :

reading matter / material

a series of reading books for children

a reading list (= a list of books, etc. that students are expected to read for a particular subject)

further reading (= at the end of a book, a list of other books that give more information about the same subject)

The report makes for interesting reading (= it is interesting to read)

The article is not exactly light reading (= it is not easy to read) .

WAY OF UNDERSTANDING

4.

[ C ] reading (of sth) the particular way in which you understand a book, situation, etc.

SYN interpretation :

a literal reading of the text

My own reading of events is less optimistic.

MEASUREMENT

5.

[ C ] the amount or number shown on an instrument used for measuring sth :

Meter readings are taken every three months.

EVENT

6.

[ C ] an event at which sth is read to an audience for entertainment; a piece of literature that is read at such an event :

a poetry reading

The evening ended with a reading from her latest novel.

FROM BIBLE

7.

[ C ] a short section from the Bible that is read to people as part of a religious service :

The reading today is from the Book of Daniel.

IN PARLIAMENT

8.

[ C ] one of the stages during which a bill (= a proposal for a new law) must be discussed and accepted by a parliament before it can become law

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.