speechreading

[ speech-ree-ding ]
/ ˈspitʃˌri dɪŋ /

noun

the act or process of determining the intended meaning of a speaker by utilizing all visual clues accompanying speech attempts, as lip movements, facial expressions, and bodily gestures, used especially by people with impaired hearing.

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Origin of speechreading

First recorded in 1890–95; speech + read1 + -ing1

Definition for speech-reading (2 of 2)

speechread
[ speech-reed ]
/ ˈspitʃˌrid /

verb (used with or without object), speech·read [speech-red] /ˈspitʃˌrɛd/, speech·read·ing [speech-ree-ding] /ˈspitʃˌri dɪŋ/.

to comprehend by speechreading.
Compare lipread.

Origin of speechread

OTHER WORDS FROM speechread

speech·read·er [speech-ree-der] /ˈspitʃˌri dər/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for speech-reading

speech-reading

noun

another name for lip-reading
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