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EXPOSITION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does exposition mean? 

EXPOSITION (noun)
  The noun EXPOSITION has 4 senses:

1. a systematic interpretation or explanation (usually written) of a specific topic
2. a collection of things (goods or works of art etc.) for public display
3. an account that sets forth the meaning or intent of a writing or discourse
4. (music) the section of a movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes first occur

  Familiarity information: EXPOSITION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXPOSITION (noun)


Sense 1exposition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

exposition; expounding

Hypernyms ("exposition" is a kind of...):

interpretation (an explanation that results from interpreting something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "exposition"):

philosophizing (the exposition (often superficially) of a particular philosophy)


Sense 2exposition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A collection of things (goods or works of art etc.) for public display

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

expo; exhibition; exposition

Hypernyms ("exposition" is a kind of...):

accumulation; aggregation; assemblage; collection (several things grouped together or considered as a whole)

Domain category:

art; artistic creation; artistic production (the creation of beautiful or significant things)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "exposition"):

art exhibition (an exhibition of art objects (paintings or statues))

peepshow; raree-show (an exhibition of pictures or objects viewed through a small hole or magnifying glass)

fair (a competitive exhibition of farm products)


Sense 3exposition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An account that sets forth the meaning or intent of a writing or discourse

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

we would have understood the play better if there had been some initial exposition of the background

Hypernyms ("exposition" is a kind of...):

account; explanation (a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.)


Sense 4exposition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(music) the section of a movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes first occur

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("exposition" is a kind of...):

section; subdivision (a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical))

Domain category:

music (an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner)


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