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reading desk

a desk for use in reading, especially by a person standing.
a lectern in a church.
Origin of reading desk
First recorded in 1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The man at the reading desk looked round and then back at his book.

    The Fifth Queen Ford Madox Ford
  • His text book rests on the figure of a skeleton as a reading desk.

    The Dance of Death Francis Douce
  • The minister brought two of the rolls and laid them on the reading desk.

    The King Nobody Wanted Norman F. Langford
  • She could just see the new minister drooping in his seat behind the reading desk.

    The heart of happy hollow Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • The date is given on the central panel of the old pulpit, which is preserved, in reduced form, as a reading desk.

  • The pulpit was at one of the angles of the cross, highly elevated, with reading desk, and clerks desk in front below.

  • The richly carved oaken confessional--now a reading desk--first attracted the attention.

    A Love Story A Bushman
  • The eastern bay has a reading desk, from which one of the monks read aloud during meals.

    Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys Dugald Butler and Herbert Story
  • The reading desk, also of wainscot, which is situated on the opposite side of the nave, is similar in design.

    Chelsea George Bryan
  • The reading desk, on the opposite side, consists of open tracery work, carved in modern oak.

    A History of Horncastle James Conway Walter

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