reading

[ree-ding]

noun

adjective

pertaining to or used for reading: reading glasses.
given to reading: the reading public.

Origin of reading

before 900; Middle English redyng (gerund), Old English rǣdinge. See read1, -ing1, -ing2
Related formsnon·read·ing, nounself-read·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for self-reading

reading

noun

  1. the act of a person who reads
  2. (as modifier)a reading room; a reading lamp
  1. ability to read
  2. (as modifier)the reading public; a child of reading age
any matter that can be read; written or printed text
a public recital or rendering of a literary work
the form of a particular word or passage in a given text, esp where more than one version exists
an interpretation, as of a piece of music, a situation, or something said or written
knowledge gained from booksa person of little reading
a measurement indicated by a gauge, dial, scientific instrument, etc
parliamentary procedure
  1. the formal recital of the body or title of a bill in a legislative assembly in order to begin one of the stages of its passage
  2. one of the three stages in the passage of a bill through a legislative assemblySee first reading, second reading, third reading
the formal recital of something written, esp a will

Reading

noun

a town in S England, in Reading unitary authority, Berkshire, on the River Thames: university (1892). Pop: 232 662 (2001)
a unitary authority in S England, in Berkshire. Pop: 144 100 (2003 est). Area: 37 sq km (14 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for self-reading

reading

n.

Old English ræding, "a reading, the act of reading" either silent or aloud, "a passage or lesson," verbal noun; see read (v.)). Meaning "interpretation" is from mid-14c. (in reference to dreams). Meaning "a form of a passage of text" is from 1550s; that of "a public event featuring reading aloud" is from 1787.

Reading

county town of Berkshire, Old English Readingum (c.900), "(Settlement of) the family or followers of a man called *Read."

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