- the reading or understanding, as by a deaf person, of spoken words from the movements of another's lips without hearing the sounds made.
Origin of lipreading
- to understand spoken words by interpreting the movements of a speaker's lips without hearing the sounds made.
- to use lipreading.
Origin of lipread
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Examples from the Web for lip-reading
In the early 80s, oralism (an educational technique with heavy emphasis on lip-reading and speech) was quite popular.This Is What It Is Like To Be Deaf From Birth
December 23, 2013
An adept in lip-reading could have seen it to be "Chubbins."Bunker Bean
Harry Leon Wilson
The powerful influence of environment in those schools is against the acquisition of the speech and lip-reading habit.What the Mother of a Deaf Child Ought to Know
John Dutton Wright
In the oral method articulation and lip-reading are chiefly relied upon; reading and writing are also adopted.
Lip-reading is, to the deaf, sign-reading with the disadvantage of being both microscopic and partially hidden.
The misfortunes of the deaf and dumb are greatly lessened by the substitution of lip-reading for other modes of conversation.The Galaxy, June 1877
- a method used by deaf people to comprehend spoken words by interpreting movements of the speaker's lipsAlso called: speech-reading
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