exposure: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ik-spō'zhur), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of exposing.
  2. the fact or state of being exposed.
  3. disclosure, as of something private or secret: the exposure of their invasion plans.
  4. an act or instance of revealing or unmasking, as an impostor, crime, or fraud: the exposure of graft and corruption.
  5. presentation to view, esp. in an open or public manner: His exposure of his anger shocked the company.
  6. a laying open or subjecting to the action or influence of something: exposure to the measles; The exposure of his theories to ridicule destroyed his self-confidence.
  7. the condition of being exposed without protection to the effects of harsh weather, esp. the cold: to suffer from exposure.
    1. the act of presenting a photosensitive surface to rays of light.
    2. the total amount of light received by a photosensitive surface or an area of such a surface, expressed as the product of the degree of illumination and the period of illumination.
    3. the image resulting from the effects of light rays on a photosensitive surface.
  8. situation with regard to sunlight or wind; aspect: a southern exposure.
  9. a putting out or deserting, esp. of a child, without shelter or protection; abandonment.
  10. something exposed, as to view; an exposed surface: exposures of rock.
  11. public appearance, esp. on the mass media.
  12. a prominent, often overextended position or commitment, as in investment, that is considered precarious and risky: The bank was nervous about its exposure in Iran.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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