Meaning of READING in English

read ‧ ing W2 /ˈriːdɪŋ/ BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ read , ↑ reader , ↑ readership , ↑ reading , ↑ readability ; verb : ↑ read ; adjective : ↑ readable ≠ ↑ unreadable ]

1 . ACTIVITY/SKILL [uncountable] the activity or skill of understanding written words:

She loves reading.

Reading is taught using a combination of several methods.

2 . BOOKS [uncountable] books and other things that you can read:

Her main reading seems to be mystery novels.

a bit of light reading (=things that are easy and enjoyable to read) for my holiday

There’s a list of further reading (=other things you can read) at the end of each chapter.

a supply of interesting reading material

3 . ACT OF READING [singular] when you read something:

The book is quite difficult on first reading.

a close reading of the text (=when you read it very carefully)

4 . UNDERSTANDING [countable] your way of understanding what a particular statement, situation, event etc means SYN interpretation

reading of

What’s your reading of the government’s response to this crisis?

5 . TO A GROUP [countable]

a) an occasion when a piece of literature is read to a group of people:

a poetry reading at the bookstore

b) a piece of writing, especially from the Bible, that is read to a group of people:

The first reading is from Corinthians I, Chapter 3.

6 . make (for) interesting/fascinating/compelling etc reading to be interesting etc to read:

Your report made fascinating reading.

7 . MEASUREMENT [countable] a number or amount shown on a measuring instrument:

We take temperature readings every two hours.

8 . IN PARLIAMENT [countable] one of the occasions in the British Parliament or the US Congress when a suggested new law is discussed:

the second reading of the Industrial Relations Bill

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.