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 In total, about 1,500 Mayo Clinic staff are out due to a COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure, Williams said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Mobile morgues, garage overflow, copper bottle con: News from around our 50 states," 20 Nov. 2020 Some of the most popular blogs are those created not by disaffected outlaws, but by slumming professionals who apparently think that writing for big-time journals and bloviating on 24-hour cable is insufficient exposure for their views. Steven Levy, Wired, "The Tenuous Promise of the Substack Dream," 20 Nov. 2020 Authorities assumed the man, who wasn't named, had caught the virus during a very short exposure, leading them to believe the strain must be highly contagious. NBC News, "South Australia says man's 'lie' caused coronavirus lockdown as harsh curbs eased," 20 Nov. 2020 Paltiel says quarantining students, limiting exposure and testing for coronavirus before leaving campus should all be done. Bianna Golodryga, CNN, "College students head home as coronavirus cases spike," 20 Nov. 2020 Carris has 1,200 workers out due to either COVID-19 infection, quarantining because of a high-risk COVID-19 exposure or caring for a sick family member. Glenn Howatt, Star Tribune, "November on track to be Minnesota's deadliest month for COVID-19," 19 Nov. 2020 Steps would then be taken to determine possible exposure to others and begin contact tracing. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Tarrant County residents later diagnosed with COVID-19 attended Cowboys games at AT&T Stadium," 19 Nov. 2020 In total, about 1,500 Mayo Clinic staff are out due to a COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure, Williams said. CBS News, "Mayo Clinic: 905 staff members diagnosed with COVID-19 in past 2 weeks," 19 Nov. 2020 Flirting with mild exposure is not something to even consider doing deliberately. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Paging Dr. Hamblin: Will I Slowly Get Immunity Just Going About My Life?," 18 Nov. 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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24 Nov 2020

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“Exposure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exposure. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for exposure

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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