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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Step 2: Research, Shop, and Call 811 Your ideal tree species depends on soil, climate, sun exposure, and space. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How and When To Plant a Tree," 25 Apr. 2019 In fact, this type of work typically lasts only six months to two years, depending in part on your skin type, sun exposure, the artist, the ink, and even the tools. Monica Corcoran Harel, Marie Claire, "What Is Cosmetic Tattooing? Read This Before You Get One," 29 Mar. 2019 Ninety percent of fine lines are caused by sun exposure, which makes sunscreen the ultimate ingredient for younger-looking skin. Kat Suico, Allure, "The 21 Best Skin-Care Tips of All Time, According to Dermatologists," 23 Mar. 2019 Some other classic health sins hold equally true for the skin under your eyes as well: Smoking, sun exposure, bloat-causers like excessive salt and alcohol, and that be-all end-all, stress, can all encourage dark circles to make an appearance. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How to Get Rid of Dark Circles," 4 Feb. 2019 With immediate post-exposure vaccination shots, though, rabies can be prevented even after the bite. Andy Marso, kansascity, "After JoCo bat tests positive for rabies, health department warns residents of danger," 10 July 2018 Eastman has developed a system for creating individualized schedules that include exposure to bright light (outside or with light boxes) and to darkness (by staying inside or using dark glasses). Emily Sohn, Washington Post, "Time-zone changes can leave people worried about jet lag," 7 July 2018 In the past, that kind of exposure was only granted to those women who conformed to narrow beauty standards—namely tan, blonde, and toned—but in recent years, that has changed. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Halima Aden Just Became Sports Illustrated’s First Hijabi Rookie," 29 Apr. 2019 The chemical evaporates quickly and can cause drowsiness, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, and headaches, with worse symptoms at higher levels of exposure. Juan A. Lozano, The Seattle Times, "Environmental, economic damage a concern now that fire out," 26 Mar. 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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