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

reading (n.)

Middle English reding, from Old English ræding, "a reading, the act or process of reading" either silent or aloud, also "that which is read, a passage or lesson," a verbal noun to go with read (v.).

The meaning "interpretation, act of interpreting" 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-desk, one adapted for use in reading, is by 1703; reading-glass is from 1660s. Reading-room, one furnished with newspapers, periodicals, etc., is from 1759.

updated on May 09, 2021

Definitions of Reading from WordNet
reading (n.)
the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message;
his main reading was detective stories
suggestions for further reading
reading (n.)
a particular interpretation or performance;
he was famous for his reading of Mozart
on that reading it was an insult
reading (n.)
a datum about some physical state that is presented to a user by a meter or similar instrument;
he could not believe the meter reading
Synonyms: meter reading / indication
reading (n.)
written material intended to be read;
the teacher assigned new readings
he bought some reading material at the airport
Synonyms: reading material
reading (n.)
a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something;
Synonyms: interpretation / version
reading (n.)
a public instance of reciting or repeating (from memory) something prepared in advance;
Synonyms: recitation / recital
reading (n.)
the act of measuring with meters or similar instruments;
he has a job meter reading for the gas company
Synonyms: meter reading
Reading (n.)
a city on the River Thames in Berkshire in southern England;
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