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 for reading
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Read \Read\ (r[=e]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Read (r[e^]d); p.
     pr. & vb. n. Reading.] [OE. reden, r[ae]den, AS. r[=ae]dan
     to read, advise, counsel, fr. r[=ae]d advice, counsel,
     r[=ae]dan (imperf. reord) to advise, counsel, guess; akin to
     D. raden to advise, G. raten, rathen, Icel. r[=a][eth]a,
     Goth. r[=e]dan (in comp.), and perh. also to Skr. r[=a]dh to
     succeed. [root]116. Cf. Riddle.]
     1. To advise; to counsel. [Obs.] See Rede.
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              Therefore, I read thee, get thee to God's word, and
              thereby try all doctrine.             --Tyndale.
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     2. To interpret; to explain; as, to read a riddle.
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     3. To tell; to declare; to recite. [Obs.]
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              But read how art thou named, and of what kin.
                                                    --Spenser.
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     4. To go over, as characters or words, and utter aloud, or
        recite to one's self inaudibly; to take in the sense of,
        as of language, by interpreting the characters with which
        it is expressed; to peruse; as, to read a discourse; to
        read the letters of an alphabet; to read figures; to read
        the notes of music, or to read music; to read a book.
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              Redeth [read ye] the great poet of Itaille.
                                                    --Chaucer.
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              Well could he rede a lesson or a story. --Chaucer.
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     5. Hence, to know fully; to comprehend.
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              Who is't can read a woman?            --Shak.
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     6. To discover or understand by characters, marks, features,
        etc.; to learn by observation.
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              An armed corse did lie,
              In whose dead face he read great magnanimity.
                                                    --Spenser.
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              Those about her
              From her shall read the perfect ways of honor.
                                                    --Shak.
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     7. To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks; as,
        to read theology or law.
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     To read one's self in, to read aloud the Thirty-nine
        Articles and the Declaration of Assent, -- required of a
        clergyman of the Church of England when he first
        officiates in a new benefice.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reading \Read"ing\ (r[=e]d"[i^]ng), n.
     1. The act of one who reads; perusal; also, printed or
        written matter to be read.
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     2. Study of books; literary scholarship; as, a man of
        extensive reading.
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     3. A lecture or prelection; public recital.
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              The Jews had their weekly readings of the law.
                                                    --Hooker.
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     4. The way in which anything reads; force of a word or
        passage presented by a documentary authority; lection;
        version.
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     5. Manner of reciting, or acting a part, on the stage; way of
        rendering. [Cant]
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     6. An observation read from the scale of a graduated
        instrument; as, the reading of a barometer.
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     Reading of a bill (Legislation), its formal recital, by the
        proper officer, before the House which is to consider it.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reading \Read"ing\, a.
     1. Of or pertaining to the act of reading; used in reading.
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     2. Addicted to reading; as, a reading community.
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     Reading book, a book for teaching reading; a reader.
  
     Reading desk, a desk to support a book while reading; esp.,
        a desk used while reading the service in a church.
  
     Reading glass, a large lens with more or less magnifying
        power, attached to a handle, and used in reading, etc.
  
     Reading man, one who reads much; hence, in the English
        universities, a close, industrious student.
  
     Reading room, a room appropriated to reading; a room
        provided with papers, periodicals, and the like, to which
        persons resort.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  reading
      n 1: the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic
           message; "his main reading was detective stories";
           "suggestions for further reading"
      2: a particular interpretation or performance; "on that reading
         it was an insult"; "he was famous for his reading of Mozart"
      3: 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" [syn: reading, meter reading,
         indication]
      4: written material intended to be read; "the teacher assigned
         new readings"; "he bought some reading material at the
         airport" [syn: reading, reading material]
      5: a mental representation of the meaning or significance of
         something [syn: interpretation, reading, version]
      6: a city on the River Thames in Berkshire in southern England
      7: a public instance of reciting or repeating (from memory)
         something prepared in advance; "the program included songs
         and recitations of well-loved poems" [syn: recitation,
         recital, reading]
      8: the act of measuring with meters or similar instruments; "he
         has a job meter reading for the gas company" [syn: reading,
         meter reading]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  168 Moby Thesaurus words for "reading":
     CRT spot, DM display, Doppler signal, IF signal, IM display,
     RF echoes, address, after-dinner speech, allocution, application,
     barometer, beam, beat signal, bibliolatry, bibliomania, blips,
     bluestockingism, boning, book learning, book madness, bookiness,
     bookishness, booklore, bounces, brainwork, canon, chalk talk,
     check, classical scholarship, classicism, composite reading,
     conflation, conning, construction, contemplation, cram, cramming,
     criterion, critical edition, culture, debate, declamation,
     definition, degree, description, diagnosis, diatribe,
     diplomatic text, display, donnishness, double-dot display, drill,
     echo, echo signal, edited text, edition, engrossment, eruditeness,
     erudition, eulogy, exercise, exhortation, extensive study,
     filibuster, forensic, forensic address, formal speech,
     funeral oration, gauge, graduated scale, grind, grinding, harangue,
     headwork, hortatory address, humanism, humanistic scholarship,
     inaugural, inaugural address, inspection, intellectualism,
     intellectuality, interpretation, invective, jeremiad, learnedness,
     lection, letters, literacy, local oscillator signal, lucubration,
     meaning, measure, mental labor, model, norm, normalized text,
     oration, output signal, parameter, pattern, pedantism, pedantry,
     pep talk, peroration, perusal, philippic, picture, pips, pitch,
     practice, prepared speech, prepared text, public speech, quantity,
     radar signal, readout, recital, recitation, reflection, rendering,
     rendition, restudy, restudying, return, return signal, review,
     rule, sales talk, salutatory, salutatory address, say, scale,
     scholarly edition, scholarship, screed, set speech, signal,
     signal display, speech, speechification, speeching, spot, standard,
     study, studying, subject, swotting, talk, talkathon, target image,
     test, text, tirade, touchstone, trace, transmitter signal, type,
     valediction, valedictory, valedictory address, value, variant,
     version, video signal, way of seeing, wide reading, yardstick
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  READING, n.  The general body of what one reads.  In our country it
  consists, as a rule, of Indiana novels, short stories in "dialect" and
  humor in slang.
  
      We know by one's reading
      His learning and breeding;
      By what draws his laughter
      We know his Hereafter.
      Read nothing, laugh never --
      The Sphinx was less clever!
                                                            Jupiter Muke
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Reading, OH -- U.S. city in Ohio
     Population (2000):    11292
     Housing Units (2000): 5128
     Land area (2000):     2.919617 sq. miles (7.561773 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    2.919617 sq. miles (7.561773 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            65732
     Located within:       Ohio (OH), FIPS 39
     Location:             39.222709 N, 84.439036 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):    
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Reading, OH
      Reading
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Reading, PA -- U.S. city in Pennsylvania
     Population (2000):    81207
     Housing Units (2000): 34314
     Land area (2000):     9.819278 sq. miles (25.431811 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.244400 sq. miles (0.632993 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    10.063678 sq. miles (26.064804 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            63624
     Located within:       Pennsylvania (PA), FIPS 42
     Location:             40.341692 N, 75.926301 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     19601 19602 19604 19605 19611
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Reading, PA
      Reading
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Reading, KS -- U.S. city in Kansas
     Population (2000):    247
     Housing Units (2000): 108
     Land area (2000):     0.208385 sq. miles (0.539714 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    0.208385 sq. miles (0.539714 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            58600
     Located within:       Kansas (KS), FIPS 20
     Location:             38.519102 N, 95.959091 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     66868
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Reading, KS
      Reading
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Reading, MA -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Massachusetts
     Population (2000):    23708
     Housing Units (2000): 8823
     Land area (2000):     9.926765 sq. miles (25.710202 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    9.926765 sq. miles (25.710202 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            56165
     Located within:       Massachusetts (MA), FIPS 25
     Location:             42.525850 N, 71.109939 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     01867
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Reading, MA
      Reading
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Reading, MI -- U.S. city in Michigan
     Population (2000):    1134
     Housing Units (2000): 432
     Land area (2000):     0.975680 sq. miles (2.527000 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    0.975680 sq. miles (2.527000 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            67500
     Located within:       Michigan (MI), FIPS 26
     Location:             41.838392 N, 84.747297 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     49274
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Reading, MI
      Reading
  

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