- a person who reads.
- a schoolbook for instruction and practice in reading. a second-grade reader.
- a book of collected or assorted writings, especially when related in theme, authorship, or instructive purpose; anthology: a Hemingway reader; a sci-fi reader.
- a person employed to read and evaluate manuscripts offered for publication.
- a proofreader.
- a person who reads or recites before an audience; elocutionist.
- a person authorized to read the lessons, Bible, etc., in a church service.
- a lecturer or instructor, especially in some British universities: to be appointed reader in English history.
- an assistant to a professor, who grades examinations, papers, etc.
- Computers. a device that reads data, programs, or control information from an external storage medium for transmission to main storage.Compare optical character reader.
- a machine or device that projects or enlarges a microform image on a screen or other surface for reading.
- a playing card marked on its back so that the suit or denomination of the card can be identified.
- Library Science. the user of a library; library patron.
Origin of reader
- the process of interpreting data in printed, handwritten, bar-code, or other visual form by a device (optical scanner or reader) that scans and identifies the data.
Origin of optical scanning
Examples from the Web for reader
Senhor José remains stationary, but this lengthy series of clauses propels the reader along an unmarked path.The Lost Novel of Nobel-Winner José Saramago
January 5, 2015
You, dear reader and refusenik, will likely be called a cynic or a sad sack by friends.The Refuseniks Hiding From ‘Happy New Year’
December 31, 2014
The second pitfall is that Tendulkar has given the reader little of what should be a gripping, meaningful story of his life.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
Yet Lohse is confident that the reader will take his actions as the fruits of selfless moral courage.An Ivy League Frat Boy’s Shallow Repentance
November 24, 2014
When he gets his hands on a Canon copier, the reader gets a glimpse into the unique fashion in which his mind works.The Many Lives of Artist David Hockney
November 23, 2014
The consonants were reproduced but the reader was forced to guess at the vowels.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
But we forget that the reader has not yet been made acquainted with the guest.A Select Party (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
What that truth may be, we leave to the intelligence of the reader to divine.
One purpose of this introduction is to prepare the reader for such a shock.The Conquest of Fear
The youth vanishes; no reader can find a trace of him, or even an allusion to him.The Man Shakespeare
- a person who reads
- a person who is fond of reading
- mainly Britishat a university, a member of staff having a position between that of a senior lecturer and a professor
- USa teaching assistant in a faculty who grades papers, examinations, etc, on behalf of a professor
- a book that is part of a planned series for those learning to read
- a standard textbook, esp for foreign-language learning
- a person who reads aloud in public
- a person who reads and assesses the merit of manuscripts submitted to a publisher
- a person employed to read proofs and indicate errors by comparison with the original copy; proofreader
- short for lay reader
- Judaism, mainly British another word for cantor (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for reader
Old English rædere "person who reads aloud to others; lector; scholar; diviner, interpreter," agent noun from rædan (see read (v.)). Cf. Dutch rader "adviser," Old High German ratari "counselor." Old English fem. form was rædistre.