Definition of Exposition

1. Noun. A systematic interpretation or explanation (usually written) of a specific topic.

Exact synonyms: Expounding
Specialized synonyms: Philosophizing
Generic synonyms: Interpretation
Derivative terms: Exposit, Expound

2. Noun. A collection of things (goods or works of art etc.) for public display.
Exact synonyms: Exhibition, Expo
Category relationships: Art, Artistic Creation, Artistic Production
Generic synonyms: Accumulation, Aggregation, Assemblage, Collection
Specialized synonyms: Art Exhibition, Peepshow, Raree-show, Fair

3. Noun. An account that sets forth the meaning or intent of a writing or discourse. "We would have understood the play better if there had been some initial exposition of the background"
Generic synonyms: Account, Explanation
Derivative terms: Exposit

4. Noun. (music) the section of a movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes first occur.
Generic synonyms: Section, Subdivision
Category relationships: Music

Definition of Exposition

1. n. The act of exposing or laying open; a setting out or displaying to public view.

Definition of Exposition

1. Noun. The action of exposing something to something, such as skin to the sunlight. ¹

2. Noun. The action of putting something out to public view; for example in a display or show. ¹

3. Noun. The act of declaring or describing something through either speech or writing. ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete) The act of expulsion, or being expelled, from a place. ¹

5. Noun. (context: writing) An essay or speech in which any topic is discussed in detail. ¹

6. Noun. (context: writing) An opening section in fiction, including novel, play, and movie, by which background information about the characters, events, or setting is conveyed. ¹

7. Noun. (music) The opening section of a fugue; the opening section of a movement in sonata form ¹

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Definition of Exposition

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Exposition

expose oneself
exposed pulp
exposition (current term)

Literary usage of Exposition

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1916)
"11 Art and Archaeol 3:5-19 Ja '16 Tower of jewels. T: Hastings, il Art and Archaeol 3:68-9 F '16 Art California in exposition art. .1. ..."

2. Sunset by Southern Pacific Company, Southern Pacific Company. Passenger Dept (1914)
"SIX weeks ago, and within a few days after the breaking out of the European war, the management of the Panama- Pacific International exposition was called ..."

3. Education by Project Innovation (Organization) (1904)
"The exposition commemorates an important epoch in the history of the country, deeply interesting to the nations of Europe as well as to both North and South ..."

4. Sunset by Southern Pacific Company, Southern Pacific Company. Passenger Dept (1915)
"As for the second, what the Chicago exposition did for American art in impressing the inspiration of classic lorm upon our ..."

5. The Journal of Geography (1915)
"The exposition as opened is a reflection of the advance made by the ... The exposition is universal, which means that it shows the best in all of the world. ..."

6. Up from Slavery: An Autobiography by Booker T. Washington (1902)
"... a dedicatory ode by Albert Howell, Jr., and addresses by the President of the exposition and Mrs. Joseph Thompson, the President of the Woman's Board, ..."

7. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant, John Miller Dow Meiklejohn (1899)
"In order to become informed on these points, we shall first give an exposition of the conception of space. By exposition, I mean the clear, ..."

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