Definition of exposure in English:



mass noun
  • 1The state of having no protection from something harmful.

    ‘the dangers posed by exposure to asbestos’
    • ‘It is known that drinking too much water can be harmful, leading to exposure to toxins and pollutants in water.’
    • ‘If you work out at home, especially in a humid area such as the basement, your exposure to harmful substances could be much worse.’
    • ‘Occupational disease due to chemical exposure is a notifiable condition.’
    • ‘To limit your exposure to potentially harmful pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones, buy organic ingredients whenever possible.’
    • ‘The link between allergen exposure and asthma is not well understood.’
    • ‘Blocking software does not protect children from exposure to a large volume of material that is harmful to minors within the legal definitions.’
    • ‘These actions limited the exposure of the aircrew and team to hostile fire.’
    • ‘The CT scanner will reduce patient exposure to radiation, offer more detailed images and improve the speed and accuracy of diagnosis.’
    • ‘The worker must avoid areas of high irritant exposure and wear adequate respiratory protection.’
    • ‘There are no known harmful effects from exposure to the magnetic field or radio waves used in making MRI images.’
    • ‘Could it also be caused by exposure to radiation?’
    • ‘It is nonsensical to claim that it is not the Government's role to intervene to protect people from harmful exposure to tobacco smoke.’
    • ‘The incubation period between exposure and onset of fever ranged from two to 16 days.’
    • ‘All employees subject to hepatitis B virus exposure must be offered vaccination against the virus.’
    • ‘To protect against all possible types of laser exposure, the physician and everyone in the room should wear protective laser glasses.’
    • ‘In order to protect children from exposure to harmful vapors, the toy industry has discontinued the use of PVC to produce plastics used in their products.’
    • ‘It is generally thought that where the total mass of dust inhaled is the same, intermittent exposure to dust is less harmful than continuous exposure.’
    • ‘Many experimental studies of plants and animals, and clinical studies of humans have shown the harmful effect of excessive exposure to UVB radiation.’
    • ‘The ozone layer is important to humans, who risk skin cancer and other health effects from high exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays.’
    • ‘Pollution causes damage similar to sun exposure, leading to wrinkles and premature aging.’
    subjection, submission, vulnerability, laying open
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    1. 1.1 A physical condition resulting from being outside in severe weather without adequate protection.
      ‘they were suffering from exposure’
      • ‘Exposure has damaged the plaster ceilings, rotted joists, and peeled paint.’
      • ‘The two most dangerous conditions that can result from cold-weather exposure are frostbite and hypothermia.’
      • ‘A 14-year-old student was killed when he was hit by a falling tree and an elderly person died of exposure in the appalling weather conditions.’
      frostbite, cold, hypothermia
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    2. 1.2 Experience of something.
      ‘his exposure to the banking system’
      • ‘I don't want to sound ungrateful, but I thought I was not ready because I needed more experience and exposure to first-class cricket.’
      • ‘The experience with increasing exposure to competition and privatization is not limited to the transport sector.’
      • ‘A key Chicago experience for him was exposure to modern art, especially the Impressionists.’
      • ‘The book's perspective that leadership can be learned through exposure to the experiences of others comes through loud and clear.’
      • ‘Finally, the schemes should make appropriate work experience and exposure to the profession in general available to the pupils.’
      • ‘The experiment facility is intended to provide experiments involving long-term exposure to the space environment.’
      • ‘Some teachers do not share poetry in their classrooms because they too had negative experiences in their early exposure to the genre.’
      • ‘Work experience - any exposure to the industry is essential.’
      • ‘Bulger should only get better with more experience and more exposure to a complex offense.’
      • ‘The trainees also receive exposure to commanders with experience on operations as sub-unit and unit commanders.’
      • ‘Based on a heritage of art going back generations, the president and founder has a lifetime of experience and exposure to art.’
      • ‘The study will help advance knowledge of gender differences in the experience of extended exposure to weightlessness.’
      • ‘While many of the new recruits have ample flight experience, their exposure to English has been more limited, officials said.’
      • ‘In the Army, most of these skills are learned through experience and exposure to tough environments.’
      • ‘I have gone into their exposure to past experiences with crime where it occurred.’
      • ‘This experience fostered broad exposure to the nursing association congress and how it relates to the governance of the association.’
      • ‘Military personnel were likely to experience repeated exposure to combat in a single enlistment.’
      • ‘Many students and faculty of agricultural colleges have little exposure to or experience with these new technologies.’
      • ‘Sometimes it can be from outside one's own experience, from exposure to other walks of life, or other art forms that can open a person's eyes and inspire them to that point.’
      • ‘I need an experienced Linux Engineer with exposure to Linux operating systems and software.’
      introduction, presentation
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    3. 1.3 The action of placing oneself at risk of financial losses, e.g. through making loans or underwriting insurance.
      ‘New Delhi increased its exposure to hard loans’
      count noun ‘an $8-million loan exposure to the real estate industry’
      • ‘The bank's growing anxiety at the time was explained by its financial exposure.’
      • ‘However, on average, risk-taking incentives at zombie firms tend to make the insurer's loss exposure grow over time.’
      • ‘Risk exposure continues to mushroom into the peak of an historic mortgage credit cycle.’
      • ‘Regulators and rating agencies generally understand banks' retention of exposure to risk from loans they've securitized.’
      • ‘The international investment bank has warned investors of the potential risk exposure arising from equities.’
      • ‘The bank has been criticised for its exposure on the loans made to the group.’
      • ‘The financial exposure arising from the activities of the prolific abusers is staggering.’
      • ‘Because of the high-risk nature investors should limit these funds to a maximum exposure of 10 per cent for a minimum of three years.’
      • ‘Chasing a buck gives you heartburn, sleepless nights - and increases your risk exposure.’
      • ‘The purpose of the Security Roadmap is to outline a strategy for mitigating the financial exposure and risk your organization is facing and reduce it to an acceptable level.’
      • ‘Growth of such gargantuan proportions, however, invites a corresponding magnification in risk exposure.’
      • ‘It claims that it would attract top international and US acts to Ireland for concerts, further decreasing the exchequer's financial exposure.’
      • ‘Their $325 million loan exposure and all of the other debt in the balance sheet looked well covered by assets, earnings and cashflow.’
      • ‘The German bank is parceling out its loan, spreading its exposure.’
      • ‘Institutions which believe this or estimate that they can be catalysts in changing national customer behaviour characteristics, do so at a high degree of financial risk and exposure.’
      • ‘Investors worldwide would rush to find safe ground, dumping bank stocks and pulling deposits out of any banks that had heavy exposure in Third World loans.’
      • ‘Banks were required to observe loan ceilings and exposure limits.’
      • ‘The insurance company has been vague regarding its financial exposure, saying that it was too soon to quantify total losses.’
      • ‘The wise potential investor will adjust his or her financial exposure accordingly.’
      • ‘Economic exposure arises from the risks associated with the cost of labour and raw materials, the location of investments, and the pricing of the product itself.’
  • 2The revelation of something secret, especially something embarrassing or damaging.

    ‘she took her life for fear of exposure as a spy’
    • ‘Inevitably, exposure awaits, and often exposure which will damage innocent people who will be besmirched, so audacious is the extent of the crime.’
    • ‘There was a time when this exposure of ironies was revelatory.’
    • ‘Fearing exposure and embarrassment if he were to assume a conspicuous role at the new arts agency, he turned down the appointment.’
    • ‘The ex-agent is currently living in exile in France, where he has fled to escape prosecution for his exposure of state secrets.’
    • ‘Initially the pickets were very optimistic that the dispute could be resolved quickly in the face of the embarrassing exposure of the employer's dirty tricks.’
    • ‘Staff members are more likely to censor themselves for fear of later exposure.’
    • ‘Their exposure as unashamed party girls destroyed their reputation in hometown Rotherham.’
    • ‘Their inability to speak up for themselves, their numbing inhibitions, their fear of exposure is the psychological residue of this catharsis.’
    • ‘Their methods of cover-up and provocation indicate a consciousness of guilt and a fear of exposure.’
    • ‘They can do that without fear of exposure, you see, because these houses/societies are very, very secret.’
    • ‘He was blamed for this inappropriate exposure of secret material, and it had a detrimental impact on his reputation and mental state.’
    • ‘It's against this background that the novel explodes into murder, mayhem, sexual intrigue and the scandalous exposure of secrets in a splendid denouement.’
    • ‘Either of these would make excellent narrative fodder, but I fear exposure through specific disclosure and the spectre of losing my job.’
    • ‘But within the C.I.A., the exposure of the undercover agent is now considered an even greater instance of treachery.’
    • ‘For years, it was a one-way street for those who injected or ingested their drugs, the promise of victory far more tempting than the fear of exposure.’
    • ‘There's some brilliant stuff in there about social awkwardness, and the way we fear but crave exposure.’
    • ‘They rightly feared that the inevitable exposure of the lies used to justify it would expose the real lack of democracy that exists in the capitalist parliamentary system of government.’
    • ‘In response to the embarrassing exposure of its brutal tactics, the military is seeking to blame the soldiers concerned rather than allow anyone to recognise how typical this episode is.’
    • ‘Since I have financial obligations which would be decimated by any exposure, why should I put my anonymity at risk now or in the near future?’
    uncovering, revelation, showing, display, exhibition, disclosure, manifestation, unveiling, unmasking
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    1. 2.1 The publicizing of information or an event.
      ‘scientific findings receive regular exposure in the media’
      • ‘The scandal brought about by public exposure has led to new, more competent leadership and even to accreditation, meaning that the lab now meets minimum standards.’
      • ‘Your business can grow only with the exposure that comes through the word of mouth.’
      • ‘I find it unbelievable that our city leaders do not support an event that will bring exposure, people, fun and money to the city.’
      • ‘When they do releases, they have four categories that affect how many theatres and what kind of exposure the film gets.’
      • ‘The exposure these men get on the air is minimal; most of their commentaries are short enough to speak in 30 seconds.’
      • ‘While it has received less public exposure due to its general anonymity, its treasures have not gone unnoticed by the scientific community.’
      • ‘Furthermore, the site acts as a server for local rap and hip-hop artists to make their music available for public download, creating exposure for new talent and material.’
      • ‘He received national and worldwide exposure beyond the publicity gained locally.’
      • ‘These honors translate into higher box office receipts and greater exposure for our films.’
      • ‘As well as giving these artists much needed exposure, the event is a fundraiser for the arts centre.’
      • ‘I am disappointed that the seminary succumbed to the lure of media exposure in orchestrating this event.’
      • ‘There's a lot of street-level talent that hasn't received media exposure yet.’
      • ‘The formation of a global media network at the event will ensure remarkable exposure for the participants.’
      • ‘Do you feel the imbalance in terms of public interest/media exposure/sponsors involvement?’
      • ‘This is a channel by film fans for film fans, credited with having brought many great films a wider audience, regular exposure and good publicity too.’
      • ‘Sadly the sport doesn't receive the media exposure it deserves.’
      • ‘The wine industry rarely spends money for such direct exposure - for instance by advertising.’
      • ‘In return, they would receive considerable exposure at most Tour events throughout Europe along with other marketing advantages.’
      • ‘As a result, much of the information that the public receives comes from the media, or second-hand information based on media exposure.’
      • ‘We're not going to comment as it will only give this publicity-seeking woman even more exposure.’
      publicity, publicizing, advertising, advertisement
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  • 3The action of exposing a photographic film to light.

    ‘a camera which would give a picture immediately after exposure’
    count noun ‘trial exposures made with a UV filter’
    • ‘I prefer film camera to shoot night pictures with long exposure and low light.’
    • ‘Any dust on the APHS film during exposure of the enlarged negative will show in the final print as a black spot.’
    • ‘He calls himself an artist who uses photographic techniques like multi exposure and ‘sandwiches’ to make sense of what lies beyond.’
    • ‘Among the earliest photographic experiments were attempts to use the camera to record a series of still images using a motorized drive to move the film after each exposure.’
    • ‘Start with the enlarger lens at f / 8 and make a series of exposures at 1-second intervals.’
    1. 3.1count noun The quantity of light reaching a photographic film, as determined by shutter speed and lens aperture.
      ‘an exposure of 0.5 seconds at f/5.6’
      • ‘Automatic flash units can be used with any camera and have front-mounted sensors that set exposures by measuring the flash bouncing back from the subject.’
      • ‘For about five years, she devoted considerable energy to photography, meticulously recording exposures and light levels as she became conversant with the medium.’
      • ‘Later he said if he had known how dark the foreground area was he would have given the whole negative another stop of exposure.’
      • ‘As he experimented with special lenses and different exposures and paper, his photography became increasingly art-inspired.’
      • ‘She will spend a day going through exposure, shutter speed, depth of field and how they are related.’
  • 4count noun The direction in which a building faces; an outlook.

    ‘the exposure is perfect—a gentle slope to the south-west’
    • ‘Plant this feathery-leaf palm in a well-draining, organically enriched sandy soil with a southern exposure or in a courtyard.’
    • ‘Good sites include near the eaves of a building with southern exposure and close to water.’
    • ‘Lower dry biomass at the west and southwest exposures could be associated with higher respiration rates and earlier and longer stomatal closure in response to plant water deficits.’
    • ‘Southern and western exposures are complemented by cool colors.’
    • ‘Keeping the bulb growing indoors over summer is also an option: kept in bright light, southern exposure is best.’
    • ‘Vines are planted on high clay-limestone slopes, many of which enjoy a favourable west south west exposure.’
    • ‘Our windows have a southern exposure and get very warm during July.’
    • ‘In the south, keep pots cool, positioned out of the sun, preferably with a northern exposure.’
    • ‘Southern and eastern exposures are the most desirable.’
    • ‘It seems the trees in my neighbor's yard stood an excellent chance of blocking the television signal, which needs a southwestern exposure in the Northeast.’
    • ‘Rooms with windows facing south get the most direct sunlight, whereas rooms with northern exposures get none, and the same color might look much different in one than the other.’
    • ‘South and west exposures dry out more quickly, making these areas ideal for your most drought-and heat-tolerant plants.’
    • ‘Where one is willing to risk frost injury for the sake of exceptionally early yields, one should favor a site with southern exposure and a light soil.’
    • ‘Where earliness is not so important, it is safer to choose a northern exposure that will retard flowering and lessen the danger from late frosts.’
    • ‘Buildings that have a large percentage of glass often have problems with overheating in perimeter spaces, especially those with southern and western exposures.’
    • ‘He advises gardeners to place their butterfly boxes about four feet above ground and making sure they have a southern exposure in the wintertime.’
    • ‘Turn the plan slightly another way and you get southern exposures for the main living areas of the house.’
    outlook, aspect, view, frontage, direction
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Early 17th century: from expose, on the pattern of words such as enclosure.