• WordNet 3.6
    • n expressiveness the quality of being expressive
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Express passenger locomotive Express passenger locomotive
British Express Engine British Express Engine
American Type of Express-Engine American Type of Express-Engine

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The term "The Big Apple" was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930s who used the slang expression "apple" for any town or city. Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time - The Big Apple
    • n expressiveness The quality of being expressive; power or force of expression, as by words or looks; the quality of presenting a subject strongly to the senses or to the mind: as, the expressiveness of a word or an adage; the expressiveness of the eye, of the features, or of sounds.
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “The value of an idea has nothing whatever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it.”
  • Thomas Mann
    “If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.”
  • Isadora Duncan
    “It seems to me monstrous that anyone should believe that the jazz rhythm expresses America. Jazz rhythm expresses the primitive savage.”
  • C. Neil Strait
    C. Neil Strait
    “Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person.”
  • Alexis De Tocqueville
    “The genius of democracies is seen not only in the great number of new words introduced but even more in the new ideas they express.”
  • Gaston Bachelard
    “To live life well is to express life poorly; if one expresses life too well, one is living it no longer.”


Hangdog expression - A hangdog expression is one where the person's showing their emotions very clearly, maybe a little too clearly for your liking. It's that mixture of misery and self-pity that is similar to a dog when it's trying to get something it wants but daren't take without permission.


In literature:

All singing should be idealized, should be the result of self-expression, of an expression of the emotions.
"The Renaissance of the Vocal Art" by Edmund Myer
For the first time the twinkle, in the stranger's eye found vocal expression.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
The one she liked best had quite white hair, and her expression was almost that of a nun.
"Evelyn Innes" by George Moore
Many years earlier Giovanni had expressed his convictions in regard to the change of order then imminent.
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford
For works of art, unlike roses, are the creations and expressions of conscious minds.
"Since Cézanne" by Clive Bell
First, then, notice the manly expression of Christian affection which the Apostle allows himself here.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
He is creating a world in which to express himself; and this he does by expressing himself.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
Her face expressed disappointment and bewilderment, so far as she allowed it to express anything.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
The possessive case always modifies another word, expressed or understood.
"An English Grammar" by W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
The young man's expression had changed.
"Gordon Keith" by Thomas Nelson Page

In poetry:

"Or lived and sung, that Life and Song
Might each express the other's all,
Careless if life or art were long
Since both were one, to stand or fall:
"Life And Song." by Sidney Lanier
'Twas the Scotch Express —from Ireland,
And as it came roaring along
I noticed the wheels were all going round
So I knew there was something wrong.
"The Scotch Express —From Ireland" by T W Connor
Rise to transports past expressing,
Sweeter from remember'd woes;
Cyrus comes, our wrongs redressing,
Comes to give the world repose.
"The Captivity" by Oliver Goldsmith
'T is thus—through weary length of days,
I bear a thought within my breast
That greatens from my growth of soul,
And waits, and will not be expressed.
"Mother Mind" by Julia Ward Howe
Christ never touch'd e'en barley-bread,
(Much less when He on better fed)
'Till he had first his victuals bless'd,
And for the same his thanks express'd.
"Advice Concerning Eating And Drinking" by Rees Prichard
What they could my words expressed,
O my love, my all, my one!
Singing helped the verses best,
And when singing's best was done,
To my lute I left the rest.
"A Serenade At The Villa" by Robert Browning

In news:

We the undersigned express grave concern over the growing number of political arrests made in Poland during the past weeks following the arrest of Mr Zbigniew Bujak, the underground leader of Solidarity.
Mark Pillsbury reviews the Alerion Express 38 for the 2007 Cruising World Sailboat Show.
Local biking activists have expressed disappointment with a draft of the city's first Bike Master Plan released this week, calling it "timid" and "a waste of resources.".
I write to express my appreciation to Tom McCann, the man in charge of the county's Division of Parks.
As you read this keep in mind that landscape architects specify material that will live in each spot, at full mature expression.
I was telling Heathen this morning that living in Lubbock was like (please forgive the expression) like living in an abusive relationship.
The Battle for Free Expression edited by Bill Morgan andNancy J.
But if you want to sneak a health stop into your outing, check out the Asthma Express booth, where everyone 13 and older can get a free allergy blood test.
Ron Henry Strait / For the Express-News.
Comedian Larry Wilmore expressed his frustration last night that Standard & Poor's downgrade of US treasury bonds happened under President Barack Obama -- and then offered some advice to the president.
I wish to express my strong disapproval of Sen Paul Gazelka's announcement that he is moving his residency from Brainerd to East Gull Lake for the sole purpose of seeking the senate seat in District 9.
Hip-hop star Kanye West is still feeling the pain over his trophy grab from Taylor Swift last year - and he's expressing his pain all over Twitter.
These blogs are not written or edited by mySA or the San Antonio Express-News.
Express-News news research and file archives, San Antonio Central Library Texana/Genealogy Department.
'Waiting to Get Blown Up' Some Troops in Baghdad Express Frustration With the War and Their Mission.

In science:

Then both sides of Theorem 1.3 can be expressed simply as C ′glN (u) = Det(E + u1 ; ♮N ). C glN (u) = det(E + u1 + diag ♮N ), These two expressions play contrast roles.
Two permanents in the universal enveloping algebras of the symplectic Lie algebras
It is an expression which exhibits both randomness in its amplitude, as well as in location as per the random characteristic coordinates in which it is expressed.
Long wave expansions for water waves over random topography
Using the derivative in the first factor of ∂xβ appearing in the above expression and integrating by parts leads to the appearance of an additional ε, making the expression O(ε3 ).
Long wave expansions for water waves over random topography
Secondly, since in arriving at the expression in Eq. (4.13) we have made no use of the expression in Eq. (4.8), it appears that this expression would be redundant.
On the Luttinger theorem concerning number of particles in the ground states of systems of interacting fermions
As we shall see later, both of these observations turn out to be premature: both the expression in Eq. (4.1) and the transformation in Eq. (4.8) turn out to be relevant in the proof of the Luttinger-Ward identity, in a way that is not apparent from the expressions in Eqs. (4.1) and (4.8).
On the Luttinger theorem concerning number of particles in the ground states of systems of interacting fermions