• Reading their shirts
    Reading their shirts
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n reading the act of measuring with meters or similar instruments "he has a job meter reading for the gas company"
    • n reading the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message "his main reading was detective stories","suggestions for further reading"
    • n reading a datum about some physical state that is presented to a user by a meter or similar instrument "he could not believe the meter reading","the barometer gave clear indications of an approaching storm"
    • n reading a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something
    • n reading written material intended to be read "the teacher assigned new readings","he bought some reading material at the airport"
    • n reading a particular interpretation or performance "on that reading it was an insult","he was famous for his reading of Mozart"
    • n reading a public instance of reciting or repeating (from memory) something prepared in advance "the program included songs and recitations of well-loved poems"
    • n Reading a city on the River Thames in Berkshire in southern England
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Man reading Aldermanic scroll Man reading Aldermanic scroll
Reading the Decree  581 Reading the Decree 581
Corneille Reading to Louis XIV.——642 Corneille Reading to Louis XIV.——642
Reading to the children Reading to the children
Shorty Reading the Letter 160 Shorty Reading the Letter 160
The Baron's Retainers, Mesdames Blythe and Gay, giving him the results of their readings The Baron's Retainers, Mesdames Blythe and Gay, giving him the results of their readings

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1923, the first neon sign was introduced in the U.S. Two neon signs were sold to a Packard car dealership for $24,000 which read, "Packard."
    • Reading A lecture or prelection; public recital. "The Jews had their weekly readings of the law."
    • Reading Addicted to reading; as, a reading community.
    • Reading An observation read from the scale of a graduated instrument; as, the reading of a barometer.
    • Reading Manner of reciting, or acting a part, on the stage; way of rendering.
    • Reading Of or pertaining to the act of reading; used in reading.
    • Reading Study of books; literary scholarship; as, a man of extensive reading .
    • Reading The act of one who reads; perusal; also, printed or written matter to be read.
    • Reading The way in which anything reads; force of a word or passage presented by a documentary authority; lection; version.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better
    • n reading The act of interpreting; interpretation; exposition, as of a riddle or dream; interpretation of signs, marks, or the like; a rendering or discovery of what is signified by the state or marking of an instrument, by arbitrary signs of any kind, or by the existing condition or action of anything: as, the readings of a steam-indicator; a correct reading of the sky (as to weather), or of a person's countenance or proceedings.
    • n reading The particular interpretation given to a composition of any kind, an event or a series of events, etc.; also, a rendering in speech, act, or performance; delineation; representation.
    • n reading The act of perusing that which is written or printed; perusal.
    • n reading The utterance or recital of recorded words, either from the record (as a printed page) or from memory; specifically, a public lection or lecture: as, to give readings from the poets, or upon law or philosophy. See read, intransitive verb, 6.
    • n reading That which is read or to be read; any written or printed medium of thought or intelligence; recorded matter or material.
    • n reading The indication of a graduated instrument: as, the reading of a barometer.
    • n reading Textual structure or construction; a form, expression, or collocation in a writing, or in a particular copy or impression of it; a version: as, the various readings of a passage in Shakspere; the reading seems to be corrupt.
    • reading Inclined to read; having a taste for reading; of a studious disposition: as, a reading community.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Men can read smaller print than women.
    • adj Reading addicted to reading
    • ***


  • Goodman Ace
    Goodman Ace
    “I keep reading between the lies.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “A scholar is like a book written in a dead language. It is not every one that can read in it.”
  • Oscar Levant
    “I've given up reading books. I find it takes my mind off myself.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you don't want to read it, see it or hear it, don't say it.”
  • Sarah Orne Jewett
    Sarah Orne Jewett
    “Tact is after all a kind of mind reading.”
  • Buddha
    “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”


Read between the lines - If you read between the lines, you find the real message in what you're reading or hearing, a meaning that is not available from a literal interpretation of the words.
Read from the same page - When people are reading from the same page, they say the same things in public about an issue.
Read someone the riot act - If you read someone the riot act, you give them a clear warning that if they don't stop doing something, they will be in serious trouble.
Taken as read - If something can be taken as read, it is so definite that it's not necessary to talk about it.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. rǽdan, to discern, read—rǽd, counsel; Ger. rathen, to advise.


In literature:

He read it twice over, and the work of reading it was one to him of intense agony.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
His mind touched that of his father, and he seemed to read truth there.
"Man of Many Minds" by E. Everett Evans
He was so anxious to read both of these volumes that he cared but little which he read first.
"The Bobbin Boy" by William M. Thayer
Hermione had read them.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
I am reading Plutarch's Lives, which is one of the most delightful books I ever read.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in two volumes, Vol. 1" by Edward FitzGerald
Some one gave me the July Number of the Cornhill to read the 'Loss of the London' in; and very well worth reading it is.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in Two Volumes Vol. II" by Edward FitzGerald
Reads in fourth reader without expression and with little comprehension of what is read.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
You pushed into the crowd, and stared at the placard, but you could not read.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
I have read it once; but I would like to read it again.
"Christie Redfern's Troubles" by Margaret Robertson
If he could not read "Harper's," perhaps he could read Swift.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett

In poetry:

But close at the hearth,
Like a cricket, sit I,
Reading of summer
And chivalry—
Gallant chivalry!
"Old Song" by Edward FitzGerald
But close at the hearth,
Like a cricket, sit I,
Reading of summer
And chivalry— Gallant chivalry!
"The Meadows In Spring" by Edward FitzGerald
You 'ark to the sargent,
And don't read no books;
Go to God like a sojer;
What counts is the looks.
"Alf’s Fourth Bit" by Ezra Pound
And there I sit
Reading old things,
Of knights and lorn damsels,
While the wind sings—
O, drearily sings!
"Old Song" by Edward FitzGerald
And there I sit
Reading old things,
Of knights and lorn damsels,
While the wind sings— Oh, drearily sings!
"The Meadows In Spring" by Edward FitzGerald
"I read to her some pleasant page
Of travel far and wide,
And in a dreamy pilgrimage
We wander side by side.
"The Wishing Bridge" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Imagine being in sixth grade, but you can't read all the popular books your friends are reading.
PowerScan D reads all common 1D- barcode types, even capturing damaged and difficult-to-read barcodes in hazardous areas and under harsh conditions.
Some of her behaviors included walking into the school's intervention office, stating that she was reading "Fifty Shades of Grey" and then commenting that "if I keep reading this book, I'll be coming in here pinning someone against the wall.
Literacy publisher Benchmark Education Company announces Read at Home, a new series of independent reading and parent interaction kits to help students get the practice they need at home to improve their reading skills.
Book Builder Use this site to create, read, and share engaging digital books that build reading skills for students.
Roughly 30,000 subscribers are reading this enewsletter and will read all during the LDI show each day.
Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria performs at the Reading Festival in Reading, United Kingdom.
This Teen Read Week™ (Oct 14-20), YALSA dares you to read for the fun of it.
Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun and encourage teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books and magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more — and become regular library users.
The EMC-KAKEland Reading Caravan is a partnership between EMC Insurance Companies and KAKE-TV designed to promote the importance of reading to elementary school students.
The students photographed themselves, friends, teachers reading a book and then incorporated the images into a Read Poster.
AWARD-WINNING POETS: Minnesotans read in the Reading by Writers series curated by St Paul poet laureate Carol Connolly.
Landsdowne Public Library (LANSDOWNE, Pa.) — Teens at a Pennsylvania library had hoped to inspire kids to read when they transformed the lyrics of Michael Jackson 's 1983 hit "Beat It" into "Read It" and posted it on the Internet.
To read all five parts , you have to pick up a Call & Post and read it.
First, the formalities: I adore your column, I've been reading it since I was a single fundamentalist far-right wack job and I read it now that I'm a married far-left feminist with kids.

In science:

However, in Grover’s algorithm, the information acquired by reading the solution and the problem coincides with the information acquired by reading either one, since either one is a function of the other.
The quantum speed up as advanced knowledge of the solution
In a sensor network deployed in a habitat, each sensor reading comes with a con fidence value Prob, which is the probability that the reading is valid.
Semantics and Evaluation of Top-k Queries in Probabilistic Databases
Regarding Figure 1 then, and examining the read tape for RuleAsc, we can see that every partition requires exactly 2 reads; in contrast, the read tape for RuleDesc shows a maximum of n − 1 read operations per partition, and this oscillates rapidly as we move along the tape.
Generating All Partitions: A Comparison Of Two Encodings
The number of read operations is small because we only require one read operation per iteration of the outer loop.
Generating All Partitions: A Comparison Of Two Encodings
Thus, we must read the value of dq for every transition, and we can therefore simplify by saying that AccelDesc(n) requires p(n) read operations.
Generating All Partitions: A Comparison Of Two Encodings