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alexia the loss of reading ability, caused by lesions in the brain.
athenaeum a reading room or library. [1/2 definitions]
bookish inclined to reading or study (often used disparagingly). [1/3 definitions]
bookstand a stand on which a book can be propped open at reading height. [1/2 definitions]
chant in religious services, a prayer or reading from a holy book sung to a simple melody with many syllables on each pitch. [1/7 definitions]
cloze of, pertaining to, or being a measure of reading comprehension or language acquisition in which a learner is asked to supply words that are missing from a text. Such words will have been systematically deleted and typically range across various parts of speech. [1/2 definitions]
day room a room for recreation, reading, or writing, as in a military barracks, nursing home, or other institution.
den an esp. comfortable and informal room used for leisure activities such as reading, listening to music, and watching TV. [1/4 definitions]
desk a piece of furniture, usu. having a flat surface and drawers, used for reading and writing. [1/3 definitions]
dictation the speaking or reading of words for a person to write down or a machine to record. [1/3 definitions]
gospel (often cap.) a portion of or reading from any of the four Gospels, esp. as used in a Christian religious service. [1/6 definitions]
hornbook formerly, a child's primer for reading or math, consisting of a page of material covered by a transparent sheet of horn and framed. [1/2 definitions]
index (cap.) formerly, a list of reading material prohibited by the Roman Catholic Church. [1/10 definitions]
learning disability any of various conditions, thought to be associated with the nervous system, that cause difficulty in mastering a basic skill such as reading.
lip-read to perform lip reading. [1/2 definitions]
look-say method a method of teaching reading that uses memorization and recognition of entire words rather than associating letters with sounds.
mine2 to search in and make use of (a library, reading material, or the like). [1/9 definitions]
Montessori method a system for teaching young children that encourages self-motivated education, the training of the senses, and early development of reading and writing skills.
perusal the act or an instance of reading. [1/2 definitions]
phonics (used with a sing. verb) a method of teaching spelling, pronunciation, and reading that uses a phonetic rendering of the standard spelling system. [1/2 definitions]
primer1 a book that teaches basic principles, esp. a children's textbook that teaches reading.