exposure

noun ex·po·sure \ ik-ˈspō-zhər \

Definition of exposure

1 :the fact or condition of being exposed: such as
a :the condition of being presented to view or made known
  • a politician seeks a lot of exposure
b :the condition of being unprotected especially from severe weather
  • died of exposure
c :the condition of being subject to some effect or influence
  • risk exposure to the flu
d :the condition of being at risk of financial loss
  • minimizes your exposure to market fluctuations
; also :an amount at risk
2 :the act or an instance of exposing: such as
a :disclosure of something secret
  • tried to prevent exposure of their past
b :the treating of sensitized material (such as film) to controlled amounts of radiant energy; also :the amount of such energy or length of such treatment
  • a 3-second exposure
3 a :the manner of being exposed
b :the position (as of a house) with respect to weather influences or compass points
  • a room with a southern exposure
4 :a piece or section of sensitized material (such as film) on which an exposure is or can be made
  • 36 exposures per roll

Examples of exposure in a Sentence

  1. children's exposure to violence on television

  2. He risks exposure to ridicule by saying such things in public.

  3. The candidates are competing for television exposure.

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First Known Use of exposure

1605

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EXPOSURE Defined for English Language Learners

exposure

noun

Definition of exposure for English Language Learners

  • : the fact or condition of being affected by something or experiencing something : the condition of being exposed to something

  • : the act of revealing secrets about someone or something

  • : public attention and notice


EXPOSURE Defined for Kids

exposure

noun ex·po·sure \ ik-ˈspō-zhər \

Definition of exposure for Students

1 :the fact or condition of being subject to some effect or influence
  • exposure to germs
  • exposure to great art
2 :the condition that results from being unprotected especially from severe weather (as extreme cold)
  • The child suffered from exposure.
3 :an act of making something public
  • They were stopped by the exposure of the plot.
4 :the act of letting light strike a photographic film or the time during which light strikes a film
5 :a section of a roll of film for one picture
6 :position with respect to direction
  • The room has a southern exposure.

Medical Dictionary

exposure

noun ex·po·sure \ ik-ˈspō-zhər \

medical Definition of exposure

1 :the fact or condition of being exposed: as
a :the condition of being unprotected especially from severe weather
  • the hiker died of exposure after becoming lost in the snowstorm
b :the condition of being subject to some detrimental effect or harmful condition
  • repeated exposure to bronchial irritants
  • risk exposure to the flu
  • benign skin discolorations caused by sun exposure
  • —Katie Tyndall
2 :the act or an instance of exposing — see indecent exposure

Law Dictionary

exposure

noun ex·po·sure

legal Definition of exposure

1 :the fact or condition of being exposed; also :the possibility of loss caused by an outside source used in insurance
2 :the act or an instance of exposing
3 a :something that exposes someone or something
b :something (as a condition, situation, or action) that creates a risk of financial loss especially for which one may be insured
  • two forms of insurance are needed to cover the exposure fully
  • —R. I. Mehr
; also :the extent to which one is at risk


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