1. The act or activity of one that reads.
2. The act or practice of rendering aloud written or printed matter: skilled at forensic reading.
3. An official or public recitation of written material: the reading of a will; a reading by the poet of her own works.
a. The specific form of a particular passage in a text: a manuscript with a variant reading.
b. The distinctive interpretation of a work of performing art given by the person or persons performing it.
5. An interpretation or appraisal: He gave us his reading of the situation.
6. Written or printed material: The survivors' account is fascinating reading.
7. The information indicated by a gauge or graduated instrument.
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