expo sure


the act of exposing.
the fact or state of being exposed.
disclosure, as of something private or secret: the exposure of their invasion plans.
an act or instance of revealing or unmasking, as an impostor, crime, or fraud: the exposure of graft and corruption.
presentation to view, especially in an open or public manner: His exposure of his anger shocked the company.
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.
the condition of being exposed without protection to the effects of harsh weather, especially the cold: to suffer from exposure.
the act of presenting a photosensitive surface to rays of light.
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.
the image resulting from the effects of light rays on a photosensitive surface.
situation with regard to sunlight or wind; aspect: a southern exposure.
a putting out or deserting, especially of a child, without shelter or protection; abandonment.
something exposed, as to view; an exposed surface: exposures of rock.
public appearance, especially on the mass media.
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.

1595–1605; expose + -ure

nonexposure, noun
postexposure, adjective
reexposure, noun
self-exposure, noun
semiexposure, noun

3. divulgement, revelation, exposé. 5. display.

1. concealment.
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exposure (ɪkˈspəʊʒə)
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 See exposed the degree to which a climb, etc is exposed
6.  photog
 a.  the act of exposing a photographic film or plate to light, X-rays, etc
 b.  an area on a film or plate that has been exposed to light, etc
 c.  (as modifier): exposure control
7.  photog
 a.  the intensity of light falling on a photographic film or plate multiplied by the time for which it is exposed
 b.  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
9.  See indecent exposure

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, "public exhibition," from expose (v.) + -ure. Sense of "situation with regard to sun or weather" is from 1660s.
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