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READING. The act of making known the contents of a writing or of a printed document.
     2. In order to enable a party to a contract or a devisor to know what a paper contains it must be read, either by the party himself or by some other person to him. When a person signs or executes a paper, it will be presumed that it has been read to him, but this presumption may be rebutted.
     3. In the case of a blind testator, if it can be proved that the will was not read to him, it cannot be sustained. 3 Wash. C C. R. 580. Vide 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 2012.

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But my boy," he continued, "doesn't that temperature reading mean anything to you?
He was confined to a recumbent position on a sofa for many weeks together; and the ladies in the house took it in turns to sit with him, and while away the weary time by reading to him and talking to him.
A man who, in his hours of business, was the chosen prophet of Law and Mammon; and who, in his hours of leisure, was equally capable of reading a novel and of tearing up a tract.
She was allowed to be in the study while he had his lessons, and in her various readings got very deep into the examples in the Latin Grammar.
You're out in your reading of Hamlet when you get your legs in profile.
It appears to me, gentle sir, that your worship's discourse is intended to persuade me that there never were any knights-errant in the world, and that all the books of chivalry are false, lying, mischievous and useless to the State, and that I have done wrong in reading them, and worse in believing them, and still worse in imitating them, when I undertook to follow the arduous calling of knight-errantry which they set forth; for you deny that there ever were Amadises of Gaul or of Greece, or any other of the knights of whom the books are full.
Further, it has vividness of impression in reading as well as in representation.
Laurence sat in a recess near the book-ease, reading, not for the first time, the Midsummer Night's Dream.
Fanny has been reading to me, and only put the book down upon hearing you coming.
van der Luyden has finished reading the newspaper, please ask him to be kind enough to come.
Reading and painting are both of them of singular use in life, and gymnastic exercises, as productive of courage.
He never read them, for he had long lost the habit of reading, but he liked to turn the pages, look at the illustrations if they were illustrated, and mend the bindings.