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Webster 1913 Edition


Exposure

Ex-po′sure

(?;135)
,
Noun.
[From
Expose
.]
1.
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.
Macaulay.
2.
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
.
Shakespeare
3.
Position as to points of compass, or to influences of climate, etc.
“Under a southern exposure.”
Evelyn.
The best
exposure
of the two for woodcocks.
Sir. W. Scott.
4.
(Photog.)
The exposing of a sensitized plate to the action of light.

Webster 1828 Edition


Exposure

EXPO'SURE

,
Noun.
s as z. [from expose.] The act of exposing or laying open.
1.
The state of being laid open to view, to danger or to any inconvenience; as exposure to observation; exposure to cold, or to the air; exposure to censure.
2.
The situation of a place in regard to points of compass, or to a free access of air or light. We say, a building or a garden or a wall has a northern or a southern exposure. We speak of its exposure or exposition to a free current of air, or to the access of light.

Definition 2022


exposure

exposure

English

Noun

exposure (countable and uncountable, plural exposures)

  1. (uncountable) The condition of being exposed, uncovered, or unprotected.
    • 2013 June 8, Obama goes troll-hunting”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 55:
      The solitary, lumbering trolls of Scandinavian mythology would sometimes be turned to stone by exposure to sunlight. Barack Obama is hoping that several measures announced on June 4th will have a similarly paralysing effect on their modern incarnation, the patent troll.
    Limit your exposure to harsh chemicals.   Get as much exposure to a new language as you can.
  2. (countable, uncountable) That part which is facing or exposed to something, e.g. the sun, weather, sky, or a view.
    They rented a cabin with a beautiful southern exposure.
  3. (uncountable) Lack of protection from weather or the elements.
    • 1993, Paul Chadwick, The Ugly Boy, Dark Horse Books
      As all of you know, a great tragedy occurred yesterday. Arthur Harcourt died of exposure sometimes in the morning in the woods off Mount Tom Road.
    The vagrant died of exposure.
  4. (photography) An instance of taking a photograph.
  5. (photography) The piece of film exposed to light.
  6. (photography) Details of the time and f-number used.
  7. (horticulture) The amount of sun, wind etc. experienced by a particular site.

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