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

  • noun The act or an instance of exposing, as.
  • noun An act of subjecting or an instance of being subjected to an action or an influence.
  • noun Appearance in public or in the mass media.
  • noun Revelation, especially of crime or guilt.
  • noun The act of making visible a body part, especially the genitals or breasts, in public or in a manner that is illegal or inappropriate.
  • noun The condition of being exposed, especially to severe weather or other forces of nature.
  • noun A position in relation to climatic or weather conditions or points of the compass.
  • noun The act of exposing sensitized photographic film or plate.
  • noun A photographic plate or a piece of film so exposed.
  • noun The amount of radiant energy needed to expose a photographic film.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of opening to view, laying bare, or revealing: as, the exposure of a vein of ore, or of a crime.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The thing revealed or exposed.
  • noun In photography, the act of presenting to the action of the actinic rays of light: as, the exposure was too long.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In meteorology, the method of placing any instrument so that it shall correctly measure a given meteorological element.
  • noun In forestry, see aspect, 9.

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

  • noun 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.
  • noun The state of being exposed or laid open or bare; openness to danger; accessibility to anything that may affect, especially detrimentally.
  • noun Position as to points of compass, or to influences of climate, etc.
  • noun (Photog.) The exposing of a sensitized plate to the action of light.

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

  • noun uncountable The condition of being exposed, uncovered, or unprotected.
  • noun countable, uncountable That part which is facing or exposed to something, e.g. the sun, weather, sky, or a view.
  • noun uncountable Lack of protection from weather or the elements.
  • noun photography An instance of taking a photograph.
  • noun photography The piece of film exposed to light.
  • noun photography Details of the time and f-number used.
  • noun horticulture The amount of sun, wind etc. experienced by a particular site.

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

  • noun the disclosure of something secret
  • noun the intensity of light falling on a photographic film or plate
  • noun vulnerability to the elements; to the action of heat or cold or wind or rain
  • noun abandoning without shelter or protection (as by leaving as infant out in the open)
  • noun presentation to view in an open or public manner
  • noun a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material
  • noun aspect resulting from the direction a building or window faces
  • noun the act of exposing film to light
  • noun the state of being vulnerable or exposed
  • noun the act of subjecting someone to an influencing experience


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