- 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.
- 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, 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
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3. divulgement, revelation, exposé. 5. display.
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Examples from the Web for exposure
The exposure and buzz from Short Term have raised her profile considerably.Brie Larson’s Hollywood Transformation
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She tells clients to open curtains as much as possible to get exposure to natural light right when the body is waking up.9 Ways to Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder
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Suspicion of exposure to Ebola, for example, is sufficient to justify mandatory isolation.Are Mandatory Ebola Quarantines Legal?
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While the commercials gave the pair a once unimaginable level of exposure, they also brought Pomplamoose some blowback.Viral Video Pioneers: How Pomplamoose is Turning YouTube Stardom Into a Sustainable Profession
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(3) Businesses that ask creative professionals to work in exchange for “exposure” should be publicly named and shamed.Rich People Want You to Work for Free
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But the day was bitterly cold, and the exposure cost him his life.Heroes of the Telegraph
When cold, and after exposure to light, this mixture will become luminous.
The woman's former parade of the Honourable George had been as nothing to this exposure.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
Besides this, the whole thing was well rusted with years of exposure.The Law-Breakers
It was brought on by exposure when he was engaged in an act of charity.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
- the act of exposing or the condition of being exposed
- the position or outlook of a house, building, etc; aspectthe bedroom has a southern exposure
- lack of shelter from the weather, esp the coldto die of exposure
- a surface that is exposedan exposure of granite
- mountaineering the degree to which a climb, etc is exposedSee exposed (def. 4)
- the act of exposing a photographic film or plate to light, X-rays, etc
- an area on a film or plate that has been exposed to light, etc
- (as modifier)exposure control
- the intensity of light falling on a photographic film or plate multiplied by the time for which it is exposed
- a combination of lens aperture and shutter speed used in taking a photographhe used the wrong exposure
- appearance or presentation before the public, as in a theatre, on television, or in films
- See indecent exposure
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Word Origin and History for exposure
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