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

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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Still, the university determined the pros of exposure and revenue outweighed the risk. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "LouCity is winning at Lynn Stadium - so why didn't this happen sooner?," 18 June 2018 According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, women who are vegetarians, have limited sun exposure and are members of ethnic minorities, especially those with darker skin, are at greatest risk for vitamin D deficiency. Michael Roizen, M.d., And Mehmet Oz, Houston Chronicle, "How can you recognize and prevent suicide?," 17 June 2018 Veterans, and some scientists who have done research on the issue, suspect there is a link between a veteran's AO exposure and the birth defects and certain medical conditions of their children. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "For Veteran John Kirchner, It's 40 Years And Counting," 11 June 2018 If indeed Dell had stuck with baseball, the thought of which now seems absurd, Steph wouldn’t have had the NBA exposure at an early age, which Dell said was invaluable to his son’s development. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Steph Curry’s dad, Dell, recalls baseball dreams and memories," 10 June 2018 Kim, who is believed to be in his 30s (his exact age is a state secret), took office as supreme leader in 2011 and has had scant exposure to foreign dignitaries. Philip Rucker, The Seattle Times, "The ‘dotard’ meets ‘Little Rocket Man’: Trump and Kim are adversaries with many similarities," 10 June 2018 Kim, who is believed to be in his 30s (his exact age is a state secret), took office as supreme leader in 2011 and has had scant exposure to foreign dignitaries. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "The ‘dotard’ meets ‘Little Rocket Man’: Trump and Kim are adversaries with many similarities," 10 June 2018 If indeed Dell stuck with baseball, the thought of which now seems absurd, Steph wouldn’t have had the NBA exposure at an early age, which Dell said was invaluable to his son’s development. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "Steph Curry’s dad, Dell, recalls baseball dreams and memories," 8 June 2018 And in a case of history repeating itself, Polaroid and other manufacturers of instant cameras are enjoying renewed popularity with younger generations who had no exposure to the original versions. Ann Elsner, Smithsonian, "Polaroid Inventor Edwin Land Gave Us More Than Just Instant Photos," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of exposure

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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exposure

noun

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 \

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 \

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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