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exposition

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Definition a collection of things (goods or works of art etc.) on public display — typically shown for a limited time (such as six months)

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a detailed explanation or background of a specific topic

A comprehensive dictionary will contain specialized meanings in music, literature, and theatre.
  • The energy exposition is to be held in Dubai.
exposition = a collection of things on public display
  • It was displayed at the famous exposition in Paris in 1900.
  • exposition = a collection of things on public display
  • The organization's World expos are held once each five years.
  • expos = collections of things on public display
  • We would have understood the play better if there had been some initial exposition of the background.
  • exposition = detailed explanation
  • The first few episodes require more exposition and explanation as the audience learns about the characters.
  • exposition = explanation of background
  • A most courteous exposition.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • exposition = explanation
  • When that your flock, assembled by the bell,
    Encircled you to hear with reverence
    Your exposition on the holy text
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry IV, Part 2
  • He worked away for an hour, all the while delivering an exposition on the art of chopping wood.
    London, Jack  --  The Valley of the Moon
  • His exposition of idealism was founded on the teachings of Socrates.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The Bible, like many ancient texts, is a detailed exposition of the most sophisticated machine ever created .... the human mind.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • We arrived in the city around noon, and I unloaded my displays at the cavernous Indiana Exposition Hall.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • I believe in humility, though my confession and exposition of the humility I believe in would run into an old fashioned two- or three-hour sermon.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • JIM: Well, it was quite a wonderful exposition.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • But, I pray you, let none of your people stir me; I have an exposition of sleep come upon me.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • For one short hour you are permitted to drink in the eternal beauty of the old masters without needless interpretation or exposition.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • But they sometimes stopped short of the complete exposition of their thought, and then sought to invent a phrase that might express it all the same.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • "Na, I've been very literal and upright in my exposition of matters.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • I refer to the address which I delivered at the opening of the Atlanta Cotton states and International Exposition, at Atlanta, Ga.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • A hastily prepared supper was brought in, and Clare made further exposition of his plans.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • Then he abused her, and went into passionate exposition of his stuff.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers

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