What does Reading mean?

Definitions for Reading
ˈrɛd ɪŋRead·ing

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Reading.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. reading(noun)

    the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message

    "his main reading was detective stories"; "suggestions for further reading"

  2. reading(noun)

    a particular interpretation or performance

    "on that reading it was an insult"; "he was famous for his reading of Mozart"

  3. reading, meter reading, indication(noun)

    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"

  4. reading, reading material(noun)

    written material intended to be read

    "the teacher assigned new readings"; "he bought some reading material at the airport"

  5. interpretation, reading, version(noun)

    a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something

  6. Reading(noun)

    a city on the River Thames in Berkshire in southern England

  7. recitation, recital, reading(noun)

    a public instance of reciting or repeating (from memory) something prepared in advance

    "the program included songs and recitations of well-loved poems"

  8. reading, meter reading(noun)

    the act of measuring with meters or similar instruments

    "he has a job meter reading for the gas company"


  1. reading(Noun)

    The process of interpreting written language.

  2. reading(Noun)

    The process of interpreting a symbol, a sign or a measuring device.

  3. reading(Noun)

    A value indicated by a measuring device.

    a speedometer reading.

  4. reading(Noun)

    A meeting where written material is read aloud.

    a poetry reading.

  5. reading(Noun)

    An interpretation.

    a reading of the current situation.

  6. reading(Adjective)

    Made or used for reading.

    reading glasses.

  7. Reading(ProperNoun)

    A town in Berkshire, England.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reading

    of Read

  2. Reading(noun)

    the act of one who reads; perusal; also, printed or written matter to be read

  3. Reading(noun)

    study of books; literary scholarship; as, a man of extensive reading

  4. Reading(noun)

    a lecture or prelection; public recital

  5. Reading(noun)

    the way in which anything reads; force of a word or passage presented by a documentary authority; lection; version

  6. Reading(noun)

    manner of reciting, or acting a part, on the stage; way of rendering

  7. Reading(noun)

    an observation read from the scale of a graduated instrument; as, the reading of a barometer

  8. Reading(adj)

    of or pertaining to the act of reading; used in reading

  9. Reading(adj)

    addicted to reading; as, a reading community


  1. Reading

    Reading is a large town and unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of Berkshire, England. It is located in the Thames Valley at the confluence of the River Thames and River Kennet, and on both the Great Western Main Line railway and the M4 motorway. Reading is located 36 miles east from Swindon, 24 miles south from Oxford, 36 miles west of central London, and 14 miles north from Basingstoke. The Borough of Reading has a population of 145,700 and the town formed the largest part of the Reading/Wokingham Urban Area which had a population of 369,804. The town is currently represented in the UK parliament by two members, and has been continuously represented there since 1295. For ceremonial purposes the town is in the county of Berkshire and has served as its county town since 1867, previously sharing this status with Abingdon-on-Thames. The first evidence for Reading as a settlement dates from the 8th century. Reading was an important centre in the medieval period, as the site of Reading Abbey, a monastery with strong royal connections. The town was seriously impacted by the English Civil War, with a major siege and loss of trade, and played a pivotal role in the Revolution of 1688, with that revolution's only significant military action fought on the streets of the town. The 19th century saw the coming of the Great Western Railway and the development of the town's brewing, baking and seed growing businesses.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Reading

    capital of Berkshire, on the Kennet, 36 m. N. of London; a town of considerable historic interest; was ravaged by the Danes; has imposing ruins of a 12th-century Benedictine abbey, &c.; was besieged and taken by Essex in the Civil War (1643); birthplace of Archbishop Laud; has an important agricultural produce-market, and its manufactures include iron-ware, paper, sauce, and biscuits.

  2. Reading

    capital of Berks Co., Pennsylvania, on the Schuylkill River, 58 m. NW. of Philadelphia; has flourishing iron and steel works; population includes a large German settlement.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. reading

    A town of England, in Berkshire, on the Kennet, 36 miles west by south from London. In 871 it was in possession of the Danes, who, after resisting an assault of the West Saxons, were in the following year obliged to evacuate it. In 1006 they again made their appearance, and burned the town. In the civil war of the 17th century Reading was at different times in the possession of both parties, and suffered much during the contest.

Editors Contribution

  1. reading

    A quantity or number on a meter.

    The meter reading was accurate.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  
  2. reading

    The ability to read.

    Thankfully we have the ability to read as we need it everyday at school, within society or work.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 31, 2020  
  3. reading

    Verb form of the word read.

    He did his homework every night and every day he had some reading.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 31, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Reading' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2209

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Reading' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1445

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Reading' in Nouns Frequency: #855

Anagrams for Reading »

  1. deraign, gradine, grained, inraged

How to pronounce Reading?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say Reading in sign language?

  1. reading


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Reading in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Reading in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Reading in a Sentence

  1. Johnson:

    One of the amusements of idleness is reading without the fatigue of attention, and the world, therefore, swarms with writers whose wish is not to be studied but to be read.

  2. Judi Dench:

    I don`t like reading scripts very much. I like it better for someone to just explain to me what it is about this story.

  3. Marcello Barbanera:

    As an archaeologist, I was a bit skeptical about this way of explaining art through poetry, but Kevin Spacey, as a great actor, performed a masterful reading, Kevin Spacey gave the word to the statue. Like The Boxer, Kevin Spacey also suffered strokes that remain in the body and soul.

  4. John Derek Norvell:

    As I was reading about it, I said - you know what - we need to bring the holiday back.

  5. President Obama:

    Make sure you have a team with a diversity of opinion sitting around you. The other thing that's helpful is not watching TV or reading social media. These are two things I would advise, if you're our president, not to do, it creates a lot of noise and clouds your judgment.

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