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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The authors then translated those hazards into a range of projected economic and social exposure data to show the lives and dollars that could be at risk from climate change in California during the 21st century. Scott Waldman, Scientific American, "Trump Administration Officials Scrubbed Climate Change from Press Releases," 8 July 2019 The agency plans to monitor soil, water and various animals for rodenticide exposure as well. Will Houston, The Mercury News, "Bay Area critics decry Fed’s plan to use banned rodent poison on Farallon Islands," 8 July 2019 The authors then translated those hazards into a range of projected economic and social exposure data to show the lives and dollars that could be at risk from climate change in California during the 21st century. Scott Waldman, Science | AAAS, "Trump officials deleting mentions of ‘climate change’ from U.S. Geological Survey press releases," 8 July 2019 Alcohol influences balance, coordination, and judgment, and its effects are heightened by sun exposure and heat. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "Child, 3, drowns in pond during summer cookout, Clermont County Sheriff's Office says," 6 July 2019 And First American, the massive real estate and title insurance firm, offers a crucial cautionary tale of how dangerous data exposures can be. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "The Biggest Cybersecurity Crises of 2019 So Far," 5 July 2019 The song gained wide exposure in the folk boom of the early '60s, with versions by such artists as the Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul & Mary. Paul Grein, Billboard, "14 Award-Winning Songs that Tell the American Story," 4 July 2019 That outcome, in turn, reduces the players’ chances at winning prize money and gaining exposure for endorsement deals. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Coco Gauff and the Legality of the Teenager Professional Athlete," 3 July 2019 Italian authorities instructed people to avoid being outside during the hottest hours of the day and to stay away from areas with a lot of vehicle traffic to prevent ozone exposure. Fox News, "Europe on 'red alert' as heatwave breaks temperature records, causes wildfires, claims multiple lives," 30 June 2019

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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 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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