exposition

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noun ex·po·si·tion \ ˌek-spə-ˈzi-shən \

Definition of exposition

1 :a setting forth of the meaning or purpose (as of a writing)
2 a :discourse or an example of it designed to convey information or explain what is difficult to understand
b (1) :the first part of a musical composition in sonata form in which the thematic material of the movement is presented
(2) :the opening section of a fugue
3 :a public exhibition or show

expositional

play \ˌek-spə-ˈzish-nəl, -ˈzi-shə-nᵊl\ adjective

Examples of exposition in a Sentence

  1. This is not an easy book, and the reader may find the layers of detail challenging. There are long expositions of the knotty tangles of monarchical lineage, and the necessary chronicle of historical events occasionally consumes the novel's narrative drive. —Lucy LethbridgeCommonweal23 Oct. 2009
  2. He is masterly in absorbing information and masterful in organizing it—skeptical of fashion, clear in exposition, fluent in communication, unremittingly scholarly. —Felipe Fernandez-ArmestoNew York Times Book Review11 June 2000
  3. Although they were invited to use an early X ray machine on display at the exposition, they turned down the offer, and they never found the bullet. —T. Burton SmithAmerican HeritageSeptember 1992
  4. The subject requires some exposition.

  5. a clear exposition of his ideas

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Origin and Etymology of exposition

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EXPOSITION Defined for English Language Learners

exposition

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Definition of exposition for English Language Learners

  • : the act of explaining something : clear explanation

  • : a public show or exhibition


EXPOSITION Defined for Kids

exposition

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noun ex·po·si·tion \ ˌek-spə-ˈzi-shən \

Definition of exposition for Students

1 :an explanation of something
2 :a public exhibition


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