• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Reading-desk a desk for holding a book or paper while it is read: a church-lectern
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. rǽdan, to discern, read—rǽd, counsel; Ger. rathen, to advise.


In literature:

Reedy Jenkins had just opened his office next morning and sat down at the desk to read his mail when Bob Rogeen walked in.
"The Desert Fiddler" by William H. Hamby
Behind these is a lofty chair and desk, beneath which is a table at which a group of boys are reading and writing.
"The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark
When Ormsby came in, I watched him apprehensively as he read the envelope upon his desk and saw its contents.
"The Talking Horse" by F. Anstey
The brass reading-desk was given to the old Chapel by the Rev.
"St. John's College, Cambridge" by Robert Forsyth Scott
He pulled a Caesar out of his desk and tried to read it.
"The Martian" by George Du Maurier
A chair with the bottom knocked out was the pulpit, and a long narrow box stood on end was the reading-desk.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
I looked at my desk, and by the side of it was the chair in which she used sometimes to sit while I read to her.
"The Master Mummer" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
She was at her desk, reading.
"The Gay Rebellion" by Robert W. Chambers
Florence returned presently, sat down by her desk, and, taking her mother's letter out of her pocket, read it.
"A Bunch of Cherries" by L. T. Meade
A man was inside, his feet perched upon a desk and he was reading a German newspaper.
"Ted Marsh on an Important Mission" by Elmer Sherwood
He rested them on the desk-top so that he could continue to read.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
The Preceptress took up a letter from her desk and read it through again.
"Ruth Fielding at Briarwood Hall" by Alice B. Emerson
She placed it before her on the reading-desk and sat gazing at it.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
He walked to the reading desk and bent over the open book that lay upon it, with a pamphlet beside it and a litter of loose papers all round.
"The Riddle of the Night" by Thomas W. Hanshew
Fastened to the arm of the chair was a reading-desk, on which she laid the book; she seldom held it in her hand.
"Mary" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
A few hours before delivering a lecture at the Albert Hall, I paid a visit to the place to see if my reading-desk had been properly arranged.
"Friend Mac Donald" by Max O'Rell
A great leather settee was drawn near the desk and beside this stood a reading-stand with a small china dog and a squat bronze lamp upon it.
"The Valiants of Virginia" by Hallie Erminie Rives
The barn was dark, lighted by a couple of tall candles on the altar, and one caught on to the side of a kind of reading desk.
"Deep Moat Grange" by S. R. Crockett
He saw himself as a little boy, sitting at his father's desk in the little parsonage, reading fairy tales.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 13" by Various
When supper-time came and she again entered, the papers were arranged upon his desk in tidy piles, and he was reading.
"Poppea of the Post-Office" by Mabel Osgood Wright

In news:

Have you read that the desk phone is disappearing.
I can read ancient writings, take a visual tour of Holy Land sites, and look up the definition of a Greek word – all from my desk.
Jann Wenner is sitting at his desk, glasses pushed up on his head, marking up and showing off an editor's letter from the third fortieth anniversary issue of Rolling Stone—and, yes, you read that sentence correctly.
Some good news came across the desk involving the West Virginia Golf Foundation and Moundsville's Eli Lambie , who it seems is every bit as comfortable in the class room as he is reading a green.
Place it on your desk and enjoy the flickering light on your chem book or set it on your nightstand to illuminate your before-bed reading.
In 1865, a North Carolina father built a desk for his little girl, who was learning to read.
In fact, it was her Grandmother's large, round tarot cards that she had displayed on her desk and uses in her readings.
When Charles Phan's Vietnamese Home Cooking hit my desk a few weeks ago, I read it cover to cover.
0There is more to broadcast journalism than sitting behind a desk and reading a script, and students at Eastern New Mexico University are learning that as they put together a newscast of their own.
I just read about a woman who asked that she be moved to a different cubicle at work because the co-worker she was sitting next to insisted on clipping his toe nails at his desk.
See the rows of empty desks, once filled with eager young MBA s. Read plaintive postings on, a yuppie website devoted to the rants and raves of the downturn.
Reading his obituary in the New York Times, I looked up at the poster over my desk announcing a 1992 exhibit of his work at the Phillips Collection in Washington.
From the sidewalk outside Revel Spa, a cluster of black birdcages can be seen hovering above the reception desk +Read this Article.
The Carl's Table® Model CT08 is an advanced radiology desk for reading soft copy and for teleradiology applications.
SUMMER READING PROGRAM registration in June at the front desk.