reading ( readings plural )
1 n-uncount Reading is the activity of reading books.
I have always loved reading., ...young people who find reading and writing difficult.
2 n-count A reading is an event at which poetry or extracts from books are read to an audience.
...a poetry reading.
3 n-count Your readingof a word, text, or situation is the way in which you understand or interpret it.
with supp, usu N of n
My reading of her character makes me feel that she was too responsible a person to do those things...
4 n-count The reading on a measuring device is the figure or measurement that it shows.
The gauge must be giving a faulty reading.
5 n-count In the British Parliament or the US Congress, a reading is one of the three stages of introducing and discussing a new bill before it can be passed as law.
usu ord N
The bill is expected to pass its second reading with a comfortable majority.
6 If you say that a book or an article makes interesting reading or makes for interesting reading, you mean that it is interesting to read.
make/make for interesting/dull/depressing reading phrase V inflects The list of drinks, a dozen pages long, makes fascinating reading...
Reading glasses are glasses that are worn by people, for example when they are reading, because they cannot see things close to them very well. n-plural also a pair of N
reading lamp ( reading lamps plural ) A reading lamp is a small lamp that you keep on a desk or table. You can move part of it in order to direct the light to where you need it for reading. n-count
reading room ( reading rooms plural ) A reading room is a quiet room in a library or museum where you can read and study. n-count
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