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Exporting from a DLL

What do they normally mean in technical documentation when the document states:
 
A DLL file has a layout very similar to an .exe file, with one important difference — a DLL file contains an exports table. The exports table contains the name of every function that the DLL exports to other executables. These functions are the entry points into the DLL; only the functions in the exports table can be accessed by other executables.

Why do they use the word Export in describing the access to functions in the DLL?
Here is the article :
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/z4zxe9k8.aspx
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Lawrence Avery
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Lawrence Avery
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
not all functions within a .dll will be available (as mentioned in the article).. What you are doing is exposing functions to other programs that can use the IMPORT function..

This allows you to have multiple entry points into a .dll which may be just a bunch of functions
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