follow Dictionary.com

How Well Do You Know English Slang?

exposure

[ik-spoh-zher] /ɪkˈspoʊ ʒər/
noun
1.
the act of exposing.
2.
the fact or state of being exposed.
3.
disclosure, as of something private or secret:
the exposure of their invasion plans.
4.
an act or instance of revealing or unmasking, as an impostor, crime, or fraud:
the exposure of graft and corruption.
5.
presentation to view, especially in an open or public manner:
His exposure of his anger shocked the company.
6.
a laying open or subjecting to the action or influence of something:
exposure to the measles; The exposure of his theories to ridicule destroyed his self-confidence.
7.
the condition of being exposed without protection to the effects of harsh weather, especially the cold:
to suffer from exposure.
8.
Photography.
  1. the act of presenting a photosensitive surface to rays of light.
  2. the total amount of light received by a photosensitive surface or an area of such a surface, expressed as the product of the degree of illumination and the period of illumination.
  3. the image resulting from the effects of light rays on a photosensitive surface.
9.
situation with regard to sunlight or wind; aspect:
a southern exposure.
10.
a putting out or deserting, especially of a child, without shelter or protection; abandonment.
11.
something exposed, as to view; an exposed surface:
exposures of rock.
12.
public appearance, especially on the mass media.
13.
a prominent, often overextended position or commitment, as in investment, that is considered precarious and risky:
The bank was nervous about its exposure in Iran.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; expose + -ure
Related forms
nonexposure, noun
postexposure, adjective
reexposure, noun
self-exposure, noun
semiexposure, noun
Synonyms
3. divulgement, revelation, exposé. 5. display.
Antonyms
1. concealment.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for exposure
  • Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.
  • So far, there is no evidence that exposure to any of these gadgets causes long-term developmental problems, experts say.
  • Specifically, white scientists have much better exposure to mentoring and more opportunities for research collaboration.
  • The more they spread themselves operationally, the more natural hedges reduce their exposure to big currency swings.
  • In this three-hour exposure during a full moon, the two brightest stars in the sky are described as arcing lines.
  • Because the photos are taken at night, proper exposure relies on flashlight-toting volunteers to provide lighting.
  • Orient your bed north-south for maximum sun exposure.
  • Getting the right exposure for your pictures used to be the single trickiest part of taking photographs with a film camera.
  • Radiation sickness is illness and symptoms resulting from excessive exposure to ionizing radiation.
  • exposure to college, according to higher-education researchers, is an impetus for college participation.
British Dictionary definitions for exposure

exposure

/ɪkˈspəʊʒə/
noun
1.
the act of exposing or the condition of being exposed
2.
the position or outlook of a house, building, etc; aspect the bedroom has a southern exposure
3.
lack of shelter from the weather, esp the cold to die of exposure
4.
a surface that is exposed an exposure of granite
5.
(mountaineering) the degree to which a climb, etc is exposed See exposed (sense 4)
6.
(photog)
  1. the act of exposing a photographic film or plate to light, X-rays, etc
  2. an area on a film or plate that has been exposed to light, etc
  3. (as modifier) exposure control
7.
(photog)
  1. the intensity of light falling on a photographic film or plate multiplied by the time for which it is exposed
  2. a combination of lens aperture and shutter speed used in taking a photograph he used the wrong exposure
8.
appearance or presentation before the public, as in a theatre, on television, or in films
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for exposure
n.

c.1600, "public exhibition," from expose (v.) + -ure. Sense of "situation with regard to sun or weather" is from 1660s. Photographic sense is from 1839. Indecent exposure attested by 1825.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for exposure

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for exposure

17
19
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with exposure