reader: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (rē'dur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who reads.
  2. a schoolbook for instruction and practice in reading: a second-grade reader.
  3. a book of collected or assorted writings, esp. when related in theme, authorship, or instructive purpose; anthology: a Hemingway reader; a sci-fi reader.
  4. a person employed to read and evaluate manuscripts offered for publication.
  5. a proofreader.
  6. a person who reads or recites before an audience; elocutionist.
  7. a person authorized to read the lessons, Bible, etc., in a church service.
  8. a lecturer or instructor, esp. in some British universities: to be appointed reader in English history.
  9. an assistant to a professor, who grades examinations, papers, etc.
  10. a device that reads data, programs, or control information from an external storage medium for transmission to main storage. Cf.
  11. a machine or device that projects or enlarges a microform image on a screen or other surface for reading.
  12. a playing card marked on its back so that the suit or denomination of the card can be identified.
  13. the user of a library; library patron.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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