exposure-n; 11 Senses

Sense Number 1: a living being's subjection to prolonged harmful weather conditions

Commentary: EXPOSURE[+state][+physical][+subjection][+prolonged][+weather][+harmful]
NOTE: 'exposure' in this sense occurs alone without prepositional phrase that identifies an agent, the agent is always understood to be adverse weather conditions.

The two climbers died from exposure near the summit of the mountain.
They got heatstroke from exposure while trekking across the desert during midday.
Without the warmth of their mother, the baby squirrels could die of exposure.

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WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: the event of being subjected to a harmful agent

Commentary: EXPOSURE[+event][+physical][+subjection][+to_agent][+harmful]

They argue that the dangers posed by exposure to asbestos have been overstated.
The lawn furniture cushions have faded from long exposure to the summer sun.
The mother tried to protect her retarded son from exposure to ridicule.
These health care workers risk exposure to a dangerous flu virus.

PropBank: exposure.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 10

Sense Number 3: state of being financially vulnerable to an economic downturn

Commentary: EXPOSURE[+state][+financial][+vulnerability][+downturn][+economic]

Can John risk the exposure of having all his savings invested in the stock of one company?
These firms invest in hedge funds to limit their exposure to currency devaluations.
A balanced portfolio can reduce your exposure to market fluctuations.

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WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 4: the act of having contact, familiarity with some knowledge domain

Commentary: EXPOSURE[+activity][+interaction][+familiarity][+with_content][+domain][+knowledge]

My parents gave me a broad exposure to the theater and the arts.
She is concerned about the potential exposure of children to pornography on the Internet.
His exposure to the European banking system makes him an excellent candidate for this job.

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WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 5: a disclosure or uncovering, revealing something

Commentary: EXPOSURE[+event][+communication][+social][+disclosure][+pejorative]
NOTE: has a pejorative tone (opposite of Sense 7)
NOTE: implies subject is target of the revelation,

The politician feared exposure of his extramarital affair during the campaign.
Her exposure as a foreign spy made headlines in the news today.
They wanted to avoid an exposure of their past.

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WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 9

Sense Number 6: a physical orientation, location or setting

Commentary: EXPOSURE[+location][+physical][+orientation][+directional]

This artist loft has a nice northern exposure through this window.
The exposure of the new building is a gentle slope to the southeast.

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WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 7: receiving beneficial publicity, attention

Commentary: EXPOSURE[+event][+social][+communication][+publicity][+beneficial]
NOTE: implies subject is recipient of the publicity -> X[+recipient] need/get EXPOSURE
NOTE: opposite of Sense 5

The young actor got a lot of exposure from his role in that new film.
A politician needs a lot of public exposure in order to win an election.
Mary thinks she'll get more exposure in her new position as marketing director.

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WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 2a

Sense Number 8: a unit of photographic film

Commentary: EXPOSURE[+entity][+artifact][+unit][+film][+photographic]
NOTE: refers to a physical bit of photographic film

There are 24 exposures on this roll of film.
Here is an exposure I took of Bob in front of the summer cottage last year.

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WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 9: the amount of light allowed to strike photographic film

Commentary: EXPOSURE[+quantity][+intensity][+light][+absorbed][+on_film] [+event][+physical][+striking][+light][+on_film]

You'll need a long exposure in this light to get a good picture of the lake.
This camera has different F-stops for different exposures.
The photographer described the exposure he used to create the atmospheric landscape of the desert.

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WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 10: physical geographical structures that are visible

Commentary: EXPOSURE[+entity][+geological][+structure][+visible]
NOTE: refers to physical structures in the world

The pilot pointed out large ice exposures on the small islands.
The exposure of the rock face revealed twisted layers of sedimentary composition.

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WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1b

Sense Number 11: the act of physically uncovering or displaying something

Commentary: EXPOSURE[+event][+physical][+revealing][+entity]
NOTE: implies an agent is exposing -> X's{+agent} EXPOSURE OF Y{+patient/+result}

The surgeon's exposure of the left lung revealed a large undifferentiated mass, probably malignant.
The man has a history of arrests for exposure of his private parts in public parks and shopping malls.
These animals will react to any exposure of fear on your face, so try to project confidence around them.
The church does not permit exposure of bare heads in the main sanctuary.

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WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 2