perusal, poring over
examining (part of speech: verb)
- Edward finished the letter with a calmly perusing eye. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
- After perusing the rules, I discovered that this was the bell which rings a quarter of an hour before Vespers for solemn silence. - "The Altar Steps", Compton MacKenzie.
- And here I beg my readers will not have the uncharitableness to smile, as is too frequently the fault of volatile readers, when perusing the grave speculations of philosophers. - "Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete", Washington Irving.