- 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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- 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 nonexposure
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