exposure

noun
ex·​po·​sure | \ ik-ˈspō-zhər How to pronounce exposure (audio) \

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
3a : 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

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Examples of exposure in a Sentence

children's exposure to violence on television He risks exposure to ridicule by saying such things in public. The candidates are competing for television exposure.
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Recent Examples on the Web Avery Dennison, which is a global designer and manufacturer of label and packaging products, launched a tag fastener made of material that degrades within one year of exposure to soil organisms. Coral Murphy, USA TODAY, "Avery launches biodegradable apparel tag fasteners, replacing plastic to help the environment," 11 Sep. 2020 But respondents expressed concern about the risk of exposure and an inability to socially distance while doing their work, particularly when apprehending or processing migrants. Rafael Carranza, The Arizona Republic, "Medical care for migrants at border at risk of lapsing, government watchdog warns," 10 Sep. 2020 Lack of exposure will continue for seven of Notre Dame’s 18 commits in the 2021 class. Carter Karels, The Indianapolis Star, "Analyzing Notre Dame's top recruiting storylines," 10 Sep. 2020 This type of discrimination is also not due to a lack of exposure to female supervisors. Martin Abel, The Conversation, "Why female bosses get different reactions than men when they criticize employees," 10 Sep. 2020 There's concern over people avoiding getting flu shots because of fear of exposure to COVID-19. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "'Too many have been lost': Kentucky's coronavirus death toll surpasses 1,000," 9 Sep. 2020 Even in situations that pose risk of exposure, the correct protocols, correctly performed, can keep us relatively safe. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, "As a University Spokesman, Can I Promote a Reopening Plan I Question?," 8 Sep. 2020 With that amount of exposure, players wanted to take advantage. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, "BYU dominates on both sides of the ball, crushes Navy 55-3 in football season opener," 8 Sep. 2020 All employees are required to wear masks and use glass partitions to interact with the public, so the risk of exposure is believed to be low, the release said. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio officials add 85 coronavirus deaths, almost all from reporting backlog," 6 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of exposure

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of exposure was in 1605

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13 Sep 2020

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“Exposure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exposure. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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exposure

noun
How to pronounce exposure (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of exposure

: 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

noun
ex·​po·​sure | \ ik-ˈspō-zhər How to pronounce exposure (audio) \

Kids Definition of exposure

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.

exposure

noun
ex·​po·​sure | \ ik-ˈspō-zhər How to pronounce exposure (audio) \

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

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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
3a : 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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