[ ek-spuh-zish-uh n ]
/ ˌɛk spəˈzɪʃ ən /
a large-scale public exhibition or show, as of art or manufactured products: an exposition of 19th-century paintings; an automobile exposition.
the act of expounding, setting forth, or explaining: the exposition of a point of view.
writing or speech primarily intended to convey information or to explain; a detailed statement or explanation; explanatory treatise: The students prepared expositions on familiar essay topics.
the act of presenting to view; display: The singer gave a splendid exposition of vocal talent.
the state of being uncovered, revealed, or otherwise exposed; exposure.
Music. the first section of a fugue or a sonata form, in which the principal themes normally are introduced.
(in a play, novel, etc.) dialogue, description, etc., that gives the audience or reader the background of the characters and the present situation.
Origin of exposition
Related formsex·po·si·tion·al, adjectivepre·ex·po·si·tion, nounre·ex·po·si·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for expositional
/ (ˌɛkspəˈzɪʃən) /
a systematic, usually written statement about, commentary on, or explanation of a specific subject
the act of expounding or setting forth information or a viewpoint
a large public exhibition, esp of industrial products or arts and crafts
the act of exposing or the state of being exposed
the part of a play, novel, etc, in which the theme and main characters are introduced
music the first statement of the subjects or themes of a movement in sonata form or a fugue
RC Church the exhibiting of the consecrated Eucharistic Host or a relic for public veneration
Derived Formsexpositional, adjective
Word Origin for exposition
C14: from Latin expositiō a setting forth, from expōnere to display; see exponent
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