exposure

noun

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

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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Word History

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of exposure was in 1605

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Cite this Entry

“Exposure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exposure. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

exposure

noun
ex·​po·​sure ik-ˈspō-zhər How to pronounce exposure (audio)
1
: the fact or condition of being exposed
exposure to cold
2
a
: the act or an instance of exposing
b
: the act of letting light expose photographic film
also : the amount or length of time of such exposure
3
: a position with respect to direction
a southern exposure
4
: a section of a film for a single picture
36 exposures per roll of film

Medical Definition

exposure

noun
ex·​po·​sure ik-ˈspō-zhər How to pronounce exposure (audio)
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 exposureKatie Tyndall
2
: the act or an instance of exposing see indecent exposure

Legal Definition

exposure

noun
ex·​po·​sure
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 fullyR. I. Mehr
also : the extent to which one is at risk

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