Nearby words

  1. readability,
  2. readable,
  3. readdress,
  4. reade,
  5. reade, charles,
  6. readership,
  7. readies,
  8. readily,
  9. readiness,
  10. reading

Origin of reader

before 1000; Middle English reder(e), redar(e), Old English rǣdere. See read1, -er1

Related formsnon·read·er, nounsub·read·er, nounun·der·read·er, noun

optical scanning


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

First recorded in 1955–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reader

British Dictionary definitions for reader



a person who reads
a person who is fond of reading
  1. mainly Britishat a university, a member of staff having a position between that of a senior lecturer and a professor
  2. USa teaching assistant in a faculty who grades papers, examinations, etc, on behalf of a professor
  1. a book that is part of a planned series for those learning to read
  2. 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)
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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.

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