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

  Recitation \Rec`i*ta"tion\ (r[e^]s`[i^]*t[=a]"sh[u^]n), n. [L.
     recitatio: cf. F. r['e]citation. See Recite.]
     1. The act of reciting; rehearsal; repetition of words or
        sentences. --Hammond.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. The delivery before an audience of something committed to
        memory, especially as an elocutionary exhibition; also,
        that which is so delivered.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. (Colleges and Schools) The rehearsal of a lesson by pupils
        before their instructor.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: written matter that is recited from memory
      2: 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]
      3: a regularly scheduled session as part of a course of study
         [syn: course session, class period, recitation]
      4: systematic training by multiple repetitions; "practice makes
         perfect" [syn: exercise, practice, drill, practice
         session, recitation]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  69 Moby Thesaurus words for "recitation":
     address, after-dinner speech, allocution, assignment, chalk talk,
     debate, declamation, diatribe, discourse, disquisition, eulogy,
     exercise, exhortation, exposition, filibuster, forensic,
     forensic address, formal speech, funeral oration, harangue,
     homework, homily, hortatory address, inaugural, inaugural address,
     instruction, invective, jeremiad, lecture, lecture-demonstration,
     lesson, monologue, moral, moral lesson, morality, moralization,
     object lesson, oration, pep talk, performance, peroration,
     philippic, pitch, preachment, prepared speech, prepared text,
     public speech, reading, recital, sales talk, salutatory,
     salutatory address, say, screed, sermon, set speech, set task,
     skull session, speech, speechification, speeching, talk, talkathon,
     task, teaching, tirade, valediction, valedictory,
     valedictory address

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