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[ik-spoh-zher] /ɪkˈspoʊ ʒər/
the act of exposing, laying open, or uncovering:
the sudden exposure of objects that were hidden under the blanket.
the fact or state of being exposed:
A bandage will avoid exposure of the wound.
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.
indecent exposure:
The suspect was arrested for exposure in public.
a laying open or subjecting to the action or influence of something:
The exposure of his theories to ridicule destroyed his self-confidence.
the condition of being exposed to danger, harm, etc.: exposure to toxic mold;
exposure to a deadly disease.
the condition of being exposed without protection to the effects of harsh weather, especially the cold:
to suffer from exposure.
  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.
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, notice, attention, mention, or discussion, especially in the media:
great ways to gain exposure for your products on TV and on the Internet.
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 of exposure
1595-1605; expose + -ure
Related forms
nonexposure, noun
postexposure, adjective
reexposure, noun
self-exposure, noun
semiexposure, noun
3. divulgement, revelation, exposé. 5. display.
1. concealment. Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


the act of exposing or the condition of being exposed
the position or outlook of a house, building, etc; aspect: the bedroom has a southern exposure
lack of shelter from the weather, esp the cold: to die of exposure
a surface that is exposed: an exposure of granite
(mountaineering) the degree to which a climb, etc is exposed See exposed (sense 4)
  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
  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
appearance or presentation before the public, as in a theatre, on television, or in films
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Word Origin and History for exposure

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
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