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  1. read·ing
    IPA[ˈrēdiNG]
  2. noun

    • 1. the action or skill of reading written or printed matter silently or aloud:

      the reading of a will suggestions for further reading reading skills a cursory reading of the minutes
      Synonym : perusal, study, scan, scanning, scrutiny, browse (through), look (through), glance (through), leaf (through), flick (through), skim (through)
    • 2. written or printed matter that can be read:

      his main reading was detective stories his file certainly makes interesting reading
    • 3. knowledge of literature:

      a man of wide reading
      Synonym : learning, book learning, scholarship, education, erudition, knowledge (of literature)
    • 4. an occasion at which poetry or other pieces of literature are read aloud to an audience:

      a poetry reading
    • 5. a piece of literature or passage of scripture read aloud to a group of people:

      readings from the Bible
    • 6. an interpretation:

      feminist readings of Goethe his reading of the situation was justified
    • 7. a figure or amount shown by a meter or other measuring instrument:

      radiation readings were taken every hour
    • 8. a stage of debate in parliament through which a Bill must pass before it can become law:

      the Bill returns to the House for its final reading next week
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: reading, plural noun: readings