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speechreading

[speech-ree-ding]
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noun
  1. 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

speechread

[speech-reed]
verb (used with or without object), speech·read [speech-red] /ˈspitʃˌrɛd/, speech·read·ing [speech-ree-ding] /ˈspitʃˌri dɪŋ/.
  1. to comprehend by speechreading.
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Origin of speechread

Related formsspeech·read·er [speech-ree-der] /ˈspitʃˌri dər/, noun
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