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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ex•po•si•tion /ˌɛkspəˈzɪʃən/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- a large public exhibition: an automobile exposition.
- Rhetorica detailed explanation:gave an exposition of his views.
(ek′spə zish′ən),USA pronunciation n.
- a large-scale public exhibition or show, as of art or manufactured products:an exposition of 19th-century paintings; an automobile exposition.
- Rhetoricthe act of expounding, setting forth, or explaining:the exposition of a point of view.
- Rhetoricwriting or speech primarily intended to convey information or to explain;
a detailed statement or explanation;
explanatory treatise:The students prepared expositions on familiar essay topics.
- the act of presenting to view;
display:The singer gave a splendid exposition of vocal talent.
- exposure (def. 10).
- the state of being exposed;
- Music and Dancethe first section of a fugue or a sonata form, in which the principal themes normally are introduced.
- Theater, Literature(in a play, novel, etc.) dialogue, description, etc., that gives the audience or reader the background of the characters and the present situation.
- Latin expositiōn- (stem of expositiō), equivalent. to exposit(us) (see expose) + -iōn- -ion
- Middle English exposicioun 1300–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged exhibit, demonstration, display, presentation.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged elucidation, commentary;
critique, interpretation, exegesis, explication.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
exposition /ˌɛkspəˈzɪʃən/ n
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin expositiō a setting forth, from expōnere to display; see exponentˌexpoˈsitional adj
- a systematic, usually written statement about, commentary on, or explanation of a specific subject
- the act of expounding or setting forth information or a viewpoint
- a large public exhibition, esp of industrial products or arts and crafts
- the act of exposing or the state of being exposed
- the first statement of the subjects or themes of a movement in sonata form or a fugue
- the exhibiting of the consecrated Eucharistic Host or a relic for public veneration
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