reading

You can use the noun reading for something you read and also the act of interpreting or understanding it. Your favorite reading might be science fiction — if you're a true fan, you spend hours reading it daily.

There are many closely-related definitions of reading, from a live performance like a poetry reading or a minister's Bible reading, to an individual interpretation of written material, like your feminist reading of classic fairy tales. Meter readers also take readings, or measurements: "The readingshowed that we used much more electricity last month." There are, in addition, several towns in the UK and the US called Reading, but those are usually pronounced redding.

Definitions of reading
  1. noun
    written material intended to be read
    “the teacher assigned new readings
    “he bought some reading material at the airport”
    synonyms: reading material
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    bumf, bumph
    reading materials (documents, written information) that you must read and deal with but that you think are extremely boring
    type of:
    black and white, written communication, written language
    communication by means of written symbols (either printed or handwritten)
  2. noun
    the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message
    “his main reading was detective stories”
    “suggestions for further reading
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    speed-reading
    reading at speeds significantly faster than normal
    perusal, perusing, poring over, studying
    reading carefully with intent to remember
    browse, browsing
    reading superficially or at random
    skim, skimming
    reading or glancing through quickly
    type of:
    language, linguistic process
    the cognitive processes involved in producing and understanding linguistic communication
  3. noun
    a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something
    synonyms: interpretation, version
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    reinterpretation
    a new or different meaning
    anagoge
    a mystical or allegorical interpretation (especially of Scripture)
    type of:
    internal representation, mental representation, representation
    a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image
  4. noun
    a particular interpretation or performance
    “on that reading it was an insult”
    “he was famous for his reading of Mozart”
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    type of:
    interpretation
    an explanation that results from interpreting something
  5. noun
    a public instance of reciting or repeating (from memory) something prepared in advance
    synonyms: recital, recitation
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    declamation
    recitation of a speech from memory with studied gestures and intonation as an exercise in elocution or rhetoric
    type of:
    oral presentation, public speaking, speaking, speechmaking
    delivering an address to a public audience
  6. noun
    a datum about some physical state that is presented to a user by a meter or similar instrument
    synonyms: indication, meter reading
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    clock time, time
    a reading of a point in time as given by a clock
    miles per hour, mph
    a speedometer reading for the momentary rate of travel
    SCLK, spacecraft clock time
    the clock time given by a clock carried on board a spacecraft
    prime time
    the hours between 7 and 11 p.m. when the largest tv audience is available
    hour, time of day
    clock time
    type of:
    data point, datum
    an item of factual information derived from measurement or research
  7. noun
    the act of measuring with meters or similar instruments
    synonyms: meter reading
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    measure, measurement, measuring, mensuration
    the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule
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