Meaning of READING in English
/ ˈriːdɪŋ; NAmE / noun
[ 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)
[ sing. ] an act of reading sth :
A closer (= more detailed) reading of the text reveals just how desperate he was feeling.
BOOKS / ARTICLES
[ 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
[ 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.
[ C ] the amount or number shown on an instrument used for measuring sth :
Meter readings are taken every three months.
[ 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.
[ 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.
[ 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. 2005