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 .