Meaning of READING in English
/ree"ding/ , n.
1. the action or practice of a person who reads.
2. Speech. the oral interpretation of written language.
3. the interpretation given in the performance of a dramatic part, musical composition, etc.: an interesting reading of Beethoven's 5th Symphony.
4. the extent to which a person has read; literary knowledge: a man of wide reading.
5. matter read or for reading: a novel that makes good reading.
6. the form or version of a given passage in a particular text: the various readings of a line in Shakespeare.
7. an instance or occasion in which a text or other matter is read or performed, usually without elaborate preparation and often as a means of testing its merits: The playwright wants to have a reading of the play for prospective producers.
8. an interpretation given to anything: What is your reading of the situation?
9. the indication of a graduated instrument: The reading is 101.2°F.
10. pertaining to or used for reading: reading glasses.
11. given to reading: the reading public.
[ bef. 900; ME redyng (ger.), OE raedinge. See READ, -ING 1 , -ING 2 ]
Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary. Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House . 2012