Meaning of exposition

ex•po•si•tion

Pronunciation: (ek"spu-zish'un), [key]
— n.
  1. a large-scale public exhibition or show, as of art or manufactured products: an exposition of 19th-century paintings; an automobile exposition.
  2. the act of expounding, setting forth, or explaining: the exposition of a point of view.
  3. writing 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.
  4. the act of presenting to view; display: The singer gave a splendid exposition of vocal talent.
  5. exposure (def. 10).
  6. the state of being exposed; exposure.
  7. the first section of a fugue or a sonata form, in which the principal themes normally are introduced.
  8. (in a play, novel, etc.) dialogue, description, etc., that gives the audience or reader the background of the characters and the present situation.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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