from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To affect by exposing to the sun's rays.
  • intransitive verb To be overexposed. Used of photographic film.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In photography, to become injured by too long exposure to the action of light.
  • To affect by sunlight: modify in some way by the action of solar rays.
  • In photography, to affect injuriously by exposing too long to light.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb (Photog.) To become injured by undue or too long exposure to the sun's rays in the camera; -- an older term now replaced by overexpose.
  • transitive verb (Photog.) To injure by too long exposure to the light of the sun in the camera; to burn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To subject to solarization.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb reverse some of the tones of (a negative or print) and introduce pronounced outlines of highlights, by exposing it briefly to light, then washing and redeveloping it
  • verb overexpose to sunlight
  • verb become overexposed
  • verb expose to the rays of the sun or affect by exposure to the sun


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