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The trade which consists in the exportation of commodities.


Exposure. [Not in use.] Swift.

EX-PO-SE', n. [expoza; Fr.]

Exposition; recital of facts or reasons for explanation; a useless word.

EX-POSE, v.t. [s as z. Fr. exposer; L. expositum, from expono; ex and pono, to place; It. esporre, for exponere. The radical sense of pono is to set or place, or rather to throw or thrust down. To expose is to set or throw open, or to thrust forth.]

  1. To lay open; to set to public view; to disclose; to uncover or draw from concealment; as, to expose the secret artifices of a court; to expose a plan or design.
  2. To make bare; to uncover; to remove from any thing that which guards or protects; as, to expose the head or the breast to the air.
  3. To remove from shelter; to place in a situation to be affected or acted on; as, to expose one's self to violent heat.
  4. To lay open to attack, by any means; as, to expose an army or garrison.
  5. To make liable; to subject; as, to expose one's self to pain, grief or toil; to expose one's self to insult.
  6. To put in the power of; as, to expose one's self to the seas.
  7. To lay open to censure, ridicule or contempt. A fool might once himself alone expose. Pope.
  8. To lay open, in almost any manner; as, to expose one's self to examination or scrutiny.
  9. To put in danger. The good soldier never shrinks from exposing himself, when duty requires it.
  10. To cast out to chance; to place abroad, or in a situation unprotected. Some nations expose their children.
  11. To lay open; to make public. Be careful not unnecessarily to expose the faults of a neighbor.
  12. To offer; to place in a situation to invite purchasers; as, to expose goods to sale.
  13. To offer to inspection; as, to expose paintings in a gallery.

EX-POS-ED, pp.

Laid open; laid bare; uncovered; unprotected; made liable to attack; offered for sale; disclosed; made public; offered to view.


A state of being exposed, open to attack, or unprotected; as, an exposedness to sin or temptation. Edwards.


One who exposes.

EX-POS-ING, ppr.

Lying or laying open; making bare; putting in danger; disclosing; placing in any situation without protection; offering to inspection or to sale.


  1. A laying open; a setting to public view.
  2. A situation in which a thing is exposed or laid open, or in which it has an unobstructed view, or in which a free passage to it is open; as, a house has an easterly exposition, an exposition to the south or to a southern prospect. The exposition gives a free access to the air or to the sun's rays. Arbuthnot.
  3. Explanation; interpretation; a laying open the sense or meaning of an author, or of any passage in a writing. Dryden.


Explanatory; laying open. Pearson.

EX-POS'I-TOR, n. [L.]

  1. One who expounds or explains; an interpreter. South.
  2. A dictionary or vocabulary which explains words. Encyc.


Serving to explain; tending to illustrate. Johnson.

EX-POST-FACTO, adv. [Ex post facto. L.]

In law, done after another thing. An estate granted may be made good by matter ex post facto, which was not good at first. An ex post facto law, in criminal cases, consists in declaring an act penal or criminal, which was innocent when done; or in raising the grade of an offense, making it greater than it was when committed, or increasing the punishment after the commission of the offense; or in altering the rules of evidence, so as to allow different or less evidence to convict the offender, than was required when the offense was committed. Sergeant. An ex post facto law is one that renders an act punishable in a manner in which it was not punishable at the time it was committed. Cranch, Reports. This definition is distinguished for its comprehensive brevity and precision. Kent's Commentaries. In a free government, no person can be subjected to punishment by an ex post facto law.

EX-POS'TU-LATE, v.i. [L. expostulo, ex and postulo, to require, probably from the root of posco.]

To reason earnestly with a person, on some impropriety of his conduct, representing the wrong he has done or intends, and urging him to desist, or to make redress; followed by with. The emperor's embassador expostulated with the king, that he had broken the league with the emperor. Hayward.


To discuss; to examine. [Not used.]


Reasoning or urging arguments against any improper conduct.


  1. Reasoning with a person in opposition to his conduct; the act of pressing on a person reasons or arguments against the impropriety of his conduct, and in some cases demanding redress or urging reformation.
  2. In rhetoric, an address containing expostulation. Encyc.


One who expostulates.


Containing expostulation; as, an expostulatory address or debate.

EX-PO'SURE, n. [s as z. from expose.]

  1. The act of exposing or laying open.
  2. The state of being laid open to view, to danger or to any inconvenience; as, exposure to observation; exposure to cold, or to the air; exposure to censure.
  3. The situation of a place in regard to points of compass, or to a free access of air or light. We say, a building or a garden or a wall has a northern or a southern exposure. We speak of its exposure or exposition to a free current of air, or to the access of light.

EX-POUND', v.t. [L. expono; ex and pono, to set.]

  1. To explain; to lay open the meaning; to clear of obscurity; to interpret; as, to expound a text of Scripture; to expound a law.
  2. To lay open; to examine; as, to expound the pocket. [Not used.] Hudibras.


Explained; laid open; interpreted.


An explainer; one who interprets or explains the meaning.


Explaining; laying open; making clear to the understanding; interpreting.


A prefect out of office; one who has been a prefect and is displaced.