The act or activity of one that reads. The act or practice of rendering aloud written or printed matter: skilled at forensic reading. An official or public recitation of written material: the reading of a will; a reading by the poet of her own works. The specific form of a particular passage in a text: an unusual reading of the old manuscript. The distinctive interpretation of a work of performing art given by the person or persons performing it. A personal interpretation or appraisal: He gave us his reading of the situation. Written or printed material. The information indicated by a gauge or graduated instrument.