reading desk

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read·ing desk

A desk or stand, usually with a slanted top, for holding a book or papers.
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read′ing desk`

1. a desk for use in reading, esp. by a person standing.
2. a lectern in a church.
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Noun1.reading desk - desk or stand with a slanted top used to hold a text at the proper height for a lecturerreading desk - desk or stand with a slanted top used to hold a text at the proper height for a lecturer
stand - a small table for holding articles of various kinds; "a bedside stand"
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Lvov, in a house coat with a belt and in chamois leather shoes, was sitting in an armchair, and with a pince-nez with blue glasses he was reading a book that stood on a reading desk, while in his beautiful hand he held a half-burned cigarette daintily away from him.
It was his custom of a Sunday, when this meal was over, to sit close by the fire, a volume of some dry divinity on his reading desk, until the clock of the neighbouring church rang out the hour of twelve, when he would go soberly and gratefully to bed.
Best devoured as an e-book, unless you want to invest in a Victorian reading desk to save your arms.
Children are welcome in every service, with a play area reserved for them at the front, right next to the platform and reading desk. The next special event will be for the Festival of Shavuot (Pentecost) where the children will bring fruit and flowers and dance in celebration of the Giving of the Ten Commandments.
A person who is traveling needs to read an exciting book so he can be inspired in finishing it, because most of the time you don't have access to a comfortable couch or a reading desk.
was overseeing the construc-.tion of a church for the Devon Mission, as it was then called, and records indicate that carpenters from the Richardson company made some articles of furniture, such as chairs, chests of drawers, the font, communion rail and a reading desk. Greene noted that some people said the pews were made by the Richardson crew as well, but he questioned that notion.
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The studio furnishings include king-size beds with an Italian leather feel, a love-seat-sofa made of Grande Ville Textured fabric, a lounge chair, coffee table, a side-table, a full length mirror, a night stand and a reading desk with two chairs.
The chapel has one reading desk, for lectors and preachers alike, symbolically breaking down the distinctions between laity and clergy.
Dickens put on a staged, one-man production in which he stood at a reading desk covered in burgundy velvet.

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