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Dictionary Definition



1 vulnerability to the elements; to the action of heat or cold or wind or rain; "exposure to the weather" or "they died from exposure";
2 the act of subjecting someone to an influencing experience; "she denounced the exposure of children to pornography"
3 the disclosure of something secret; "they feared exposure of their campaign plans"
4 aspect re light or wind; "the studio had a northern exposure"
5 the state of being vulnerable or exposed; "his vulnerability to litigation"; "his exposure to ridicule" [syn: vulnerability]
6 the intensity of light falling on a photographic film or plate; "he used the wrong exposure"
7 a picture of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material [syn: photograph, photo, pic]
8 the act of exposing film to light
9 presentation to view in an open or public manner; "the exposure of his anger was shocking"
10 abandoning without shelter or protection (as by leaving as infant out in the open)

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. the condition of being exposed, uncovered, or unprotected
    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. lack of protection from weather or the elements
    The vagrant died of exposure.
  4. an instance of taking a photograph
  5. the piece of film exposed to light
  6. details of the time and f-number used
  7. In the context of "gardening": the amount of sun, wind etc experienced by a particular site


part exposed
  • German: Lage
lack of protection
taking a photograph
film exposed
  • German: Belichtung
time & f-number
  • German: Belichtung
Translations to be checked

Extensive Definition

Exposure can refer to
In biology:
In photography:
  • Exposure (photography), the total amount of light allowed to fall on the sensor during the taking of a photograph
  • Exposure value, a value given to all combinations of camera shutter speed and aperture that gives the same exposure
  • Exposure latitude, the range of light intensities that a camera can capture
  • Multiple exposure, an exposure in which the sensitivity to light is reduced and then increased at least once during the total exposure time
In law:
  • Abandonment: leaving someone, such as an infant, especially in the open; also called "exposition"
  • Indecent exposure, the display of unclothed parts of the human body that is against local custom and law
In music:
In entertainment:
In finance:
  • Market exposure, a measure of the proportion of money invested in the same industry sector
  • Investment, a financial holding in a particular market sector
Exposure may also refer to:

See also

exposure in Polish: Ekspozycja
exposure in Simple English: Exposure (disambiguation)
exposure in Ukrainian: Експозиція

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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