• WordNet 3.6
    • n exposure the act of subjecting someone to an influencing experience "she denounced the exposure of children to pornography"
    • n exposure abandoning without shelter or protection (as by leaving as infant out in the open)
    • n exposure presentation to view in an open or public manner "the exposure of his anger was shocking"
    • n exposure the act of exposing film to light
    • n exposure a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material
    • n exposure vulnerability to the elements; to the action of heat or cold or wind or rain; "exposure to the weather" or "they died from exposure"
    • n exposure aspect resulting from the direction a building or window faces "the studio had a northern exposure"
    • n exposure the disclosure of something secret "they feared exposure of their campaign plans"
    • n exposure the intensity of light falling on a photographic film or plate "he used the wrong exposure"
    • n exposure the state of being vulnerable or exposed "his vulnerability to litigation","his exposure to ridicule"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 90% of poison exposures occur in homes
    • Exposure Position as to points of compass, or to influences of climate, etc. "Under a southern exposure .""The best exposure of the two for woodcocks."
    • Exposure The act of exposing or laying open, setting forth, laying bare of protection, depriving of care or concealment, or setting out to reprobation or contempt. "The exposure of Fuller . . . put an end to the practices of that vile tribe."
    • Exposure (Photog) The exposing of a sensitized plate to the action of light.
    • Exposure The state of being exposed or laid open or bare; openness to danger; accessibility to anything that may affect, especially detrimentally; as, exposure to observation, to cold, to inconvenience. "When we have our naked frailties hid,
      That suffer in exposure ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Brownie box camera, introduced by Eastman Kodak, sold for $1.00 in 1900. The camera's 6-exposure film sold for 15 cents.
    • n exposure The act of opening to view, laying bare, or revealing: as, the exposure of a vein of ore, or of a crime.
    • n exposure The state of being open or subject to some action or influence; a being placed in the way of something, as observation, attack, etc.: as, exposure to cold or to the air; exposure to danger or to contagion.
    • n exposure The thing revealed or exposed.
    • n exposure In photography, the act of presenting to the action of the actinic rays of light: as, the exposure was too long.
    • n exposure Situation with regard to the access of light or air; position relative to the sun or to the points of the compass; aspect: as, a southern exposure.
    • n exposure The act of casting out, or abandoning to chance, in some unsheltered or unprotected place; abandonment to death from cold, starvation, etc.: as, the exposure of a child. Synonyms Exposition, Exposé, etc. See exhibition. Venture, Hazard, etc. See risk, n.
    • n exposure In meteorology, the method of placing any instrument so that it shall correctly measure a given meteorological element. A barometer should he so placed as to indicate the pressure prevailing in the free air at a given level. If the wind is blowing the instrument, or the house in which it is placed, becomes an obstacle to the wind, by which the pressure is increased on the windward and diminished on the leeward side; similarly, in a wind, an open chimney in a closed room causes a lowering of the pressure, while a window opened on the windward side causes an increase. In general, a barometer, whether mercurial or aneroid. should be so placed that the wind-effect may be annulled or measured and allowed for. The latter is accomplished by the anemobarometer (which see). In order that a thermometer shall indicate truly the temperature of the air, it must receive heat from the air by convection and conduction, but all radiation from other objects should be cut off except from those having the same temperature as the air. When a thermometer is hung in the open air in the shade, it is usually exposed to radiant heat from the soil, buildings, and clouds, and to reflections of the rays of the sun; it also radiates its own heat to cold objects and to the sky. Its temperature represents a balance between its momentary gain and loss of heat, and has little to do with the temperature of the adjacent air unless the wind is blowing strongly enough. When held in the shadow of a wall or tree, its temperature is usually somewhat lower than when it is moved a few inches farther on into the full sunshine, although the temperature of the air is the same in both places. A common method of exposure is to place the thermometer within a screen or so-called thermometer-shelter made of light slats overlapping each other so as to cut out direct sunlight but allow the free entrance of the wind. This method fails if the wind fails to keep the interior surfaces of the shelter at the true air-temperature, for, in general, the temperature of these surfaces lags behind the temperature of the air. By rapidly whirling a thermometer or by creating a rapid current past it, the convection may be increased to such an extent as to bring the thermometer to the temperature of the air within a very small limit. Numerous methods of effecting this have been devised and employed.
    • n exposure In forestry, see aspect, 9.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The viscera of Japanese abalone can harbor a poisonous substance which causes a burning, stinging, prickling and itching over the entire body. It does not manifest itself until exposure to sunlight if eaten outdoors in sunlight, symptoms occur quickly and suddenly.
    • n Exposure act of laying open or bare: act of showing up an evil: state of being laid bare: openness to danger: position with regard to the sun, influence of climate, &c
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  • William Hazlitt
    “There is an unseemly exposure of the mind, as well as of the body.”
  • Helen Keller
    “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”
  • Seneca
    “Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them.”
  • Fabio
    “The soundtrack to Indecent Exposure is a romantic mix of music that I know most women love to hear, so I never keep it far from me when women are nearby.”
  • Maxwell Maltz
    “It is an old psychological axiom that constant exposure to the object of fear immunizes against the fear.”
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Igor Stravinsky
    “I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Expose
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. exposer—L. exponĕre, to expose.


In literature:

In theory one may always set up a tripod and increase length of exposure as light diminishes.
"Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled" by Hudson Stuck
In other foals it may be produced by exposure to cold and damp, to irritant feed, or to worms.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
By and by he has the confidence of courage without the danger of exposures.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
The exposure is much longer than in ordinary dry plate work, generally lasting in the neighborhood of five minutes.
"The Building of a Book" by Various
The Indians could not show themselves without exposure to certain death.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
In a little while, however, this period may be lengthened, all the precautions mentioned against injurious exposure being observed.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
The yarn must be oxidized by exposure to the air for the same length of time as dipped.
"Vegetable Dyes" by Ethel M. Mairet
Her exposure will be swift and sure.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
Sometimes infanticide is executed by exposure, which gives the infant a chance for its life if any one will rescue it.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
The storm was raging bitterly, but in their furred garments their hide moccasins and leggings, they defied the exposure.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon

In poetry:

So he sat him down for another fling,
And his time-exposure mind
Evolved a topical sort of thing,
Of a gay and hum'rous kind.
"The Mystic" by C J Dennis
He such exposure dares defy,
Public shame is not his fear;
He who can vouch the solemn lie,
Would shew his forehead any where.
"The Culprit" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
For who but a mother her dear little girl
Will lovingly teach her the ruin and peril
Of wanton exposure, the dark deeds of shame,
That blot the fair scutcheon of Scotia's fame?
"Temperance Warfare" by Janet Hamilton
"My! what an exposure! just see what a sight!
I blush for my race,--he is showing his white
Such spinning and wriggling,--why, what does he wish?
How painfully small to respectable fish!"
"Verses For After-Dinner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
That's how the fig dies, showing her crimson through the
purple slit
Like a wound, the exposure of her secret, on the open day.
Like a prostitute, the bursten fig, making a show of her
"Figs" by D H Lawrence
And the two survivors were exhausted from exposure, hunger, and cold,
Which used the spectators to shudder when them they did behold;
And with hunger the poor men couldn't stand on their feet,
They felt so weakly on their legs for want of meat.
"A Tale of the Sea" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Safe sun exposure to gather up vitamin D.
Arrested For Indecent Exposure At Anne Arundel Community College.
He was, obviously, kicked out as well as arrested and charged with misuse of a drinking fountain, indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.
It's possible that any effects from pre-birth phthalate exposure may not surface until the girls hit puberty or try to have children, she says.
I grew up in the Midwest as a Protestant Anglo in a small family with virtually no exposure to other cultures or religious groups.
Human Exposure to BPA ' Grossly Underestimated'.
Its rapid cure allows water exposure within three days—with full water submersion within seven days.
The report called exposure to pods "an emerging public health hazard in the United States.".
Possible hepatitis A virus exposure at a McDonald's in Northport.
Are you one of those people plagued, as I am, by hyperpigmentation (dark spots) caused by sun exposure even when they're very careful about sun protection.
Comment on "Association Between Iodinated Contrast Media Exposure and Incident Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism".
Rhee et al provide data suggesting that exposure to iodinated contrast media, which are used in a wide variety of imaging studies, results in development of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.
Redwood City man died of hypothermia , exposure in Aptos Hills.
A 74-year-old Redwood City man whose body was found earlier this week after he went missing from an Aptos Hills retreat center died from hypothermia and exposure to the elements, Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies said.
Extended exposure to levels of carbon monoxide that are low enough to comply with the E.P.A.

In science:

To estimate the exposure times of the observations we produced EPIC-PN spectra of the SNR N 157B and normalized their flux in the 0.3 – 2.4 keV band to a ROSAT PSPC spectrum of this source.
AGN in the XMM-Newton first-light image as probes for the interstellar medium in the LMC
Therefore, we only used the third part of the observations (the two thin filter observations) for this purpose where we found a net exposure of 31.0 ks.
AGN in the XMM-Newton first-light image as probes for the interstellar medium in the LMC
Source count rates and fluxes listed in Table 2 are derived from the merged thin filter observations using this exposure.
AGN in the XMM-Newton first-light image as probes for the interstellar medium in the LMC
In Hornschemeier et al. (2000, hereafter H00), we presented the first results for the HDF-N based on 164.4 ks of Chandra exposure.
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N
The “effective exposure time” per source, as derived from our exposure map, ranges from 444– 464 ks (see H01 for discussion).
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N