Pronunciation: (rē'dur), [key]
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. Computers.a device that reads data, programs, or control information from an external storage medium for transmission to main storage. Cf. card reader, optical character reader.
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. Library Science.the user of a library; library patron.
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