What does Reading mean?

Definitions for Reading
ˈrɛd ɪŋread·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. readingnoun

    the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message

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

  2. readingnoun

    a particular interpretation or performance

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

  3. reading, meter reading, indicationnoun

    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 materialnoun

    written material intended to be read

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

  5. interpretation, reading, versionnoun

    a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something

  6. Readingnoun

    a city on the River Thames in Berkshire in southern England

  7. recitation, recital, readingnoun

    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 readingnoun

    the act of measuring with meters or similar instruments

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


  1. readingnoun

    The process of interpreting written language.

  2. readingnoun

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

  3. readingnoun

    A value indicated by a measuring device.

    a speedometer reading.

  4. readingnoun

    A meeting where written material is read aloud.

    a poetry reading.

  5. readingnoun

    An interpretation.

    a reading of the current situation.

  6. readingadjective

    Made or used for reading.

    reading glasses.

  7. Readingnoun

    A town in Berkshire, England.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Readingnoun

    Etymology: from read.

    Though reading and conversation may furnish us with many ideas of men and things, yet it is our own meditation must form our judgment. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    Less reading than makes felons ’scape,
    Less human genius than God gives an ape,
    Can make a Cibber. Alexander Pope.

    The Jews always had their weekly readings of the law. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 8.

    Give attendance to reading, exhortation and doctrine. 1 Tim. iv. 13.

    That learned prelate has restored some of the readings of the authors with great sagacity. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.


  1. Reading

    Reading is the process of taking in the sense or meaning of letters, symbols, etc., especially by sight or touch.For educators and researchers, reading is a multifaceted process involving such areas as word recognition, orthography (spelling), alphabetics, phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, and motivation.Other types of reading and writing, such as pictograms (e.g., a hazard symbol and an emoji), are not based on speech-based writing systems. The common link is the interpretation of symbols to extract the meaning from the visual notations or tactile signals (as in the case of Braille).


  1. reading

    Reading is the cognitive process of understanding and interpreting written symbols, words, sentences and texts, transforming them into meaningful information or ideas. It involves recognizing letters, associating them with corresponding sounds, and combining these sounds into words. This process enhances knowledge, creativity, and critical thinking, and often requires focus and comprehension skills.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reading

    of Read

  2. Readingnoun

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

  3. Readingnoun

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

  4. Readingnoun

    a lecture or prelection; public recital

  5. Readingnoun

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

  6. Readingnoun

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

  7. Readingnoun

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

  8. Readingadjective

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

  9. Readingadjective

    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. readingverb

    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  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Reading is ranked #10715 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Reading surname appeared 2,982 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Reading.

    89.4% or 2,666 total occurrences were White.
    4.4% or 133 total occurrences were Black.
    2.8% or 84 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 62 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 21 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 16 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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

  2. gradine

  3. grained

  4. inraged

  5. degrain

  6. deringa

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  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. James Corden:

    Only once, I went mad in 2007, i got massaged into madness. I went on a holiday in the Maldives and I was extremely bored, so I thought, ‘I’ll have another massage.’ I was having about 30 massages a day. At the end of the holiday, I felt a little strange… I got on the plane to go home, opened the newspaper reading the football results, and I burst into tears. And I couldn’t stop crying for three weeks. It was completely absurd… so I went to see shrinks then.

  2. John Bel Edwards:

    I think getting eyes on the damage in person rather than reading about it, rather than hearing about it, rather than seeing it on TV is really important, because this is going to be a marathon, and we’re going to need a lot of help from our federal partners for a long time to come. And we need some of that help immediately.

  3. Henry Ford:

    Reading musses up my mind.

  4. Chief Executive Tim Cook:

    The bill itself, it's not so clear from the reading of it. It's a little vague.

  5. Steve Kerr:

    Its a really bizarre international storyand a lot of us dont know what to make of it, so this is something Im reading about just like everybody is, but I am not going to comment further.

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