• WordNet 3.6
    • adj inexpressible defying expression
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Inexpressible Not capable of expression or utterance in language; ineffable; unspeakable; indescribable; unutterable; as, inexpressible grief or pleasure. "Inexpressible grandeur.""In orbs
      Of circuit inexpressible they stood."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inexpressible Not expressible; incapable of being expressed; that cannot be uttered or represented in words; unspeakable; unutterable: as, inexpressible grief or joy.
    • inexpressible Synonyms Unspeakable, indescribable, ineffable.
    • inexpressible Trousers; “unmentionables.”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Inexpressible in-eks-pres′i-bl that cannot be expressed: unutterable: indescribable
    • Inexpressible coll. and supposed to be humorous trousers
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  • Albert Einstein
    “The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”


In literature:

They can at times be heard 15 miles, and emit an inexpressibly mournful and saddening sound.
"Scientific American Supplement, Vol. XIX, No. 470, Jan. 3, 1885" by Various
This last filled me with inexpressible dread and distress.
"The Lost Stradivarius" by John Meade Falkner
An inexpressible sadness weighed upon me.
"Atlantida" by Pierre Benoit
With inexpressible relief I heard the following day that we were to leave for Rome immediately.
"The Woman Thou Gavest Me" by Hall Caine
No; the absolutely, the irrevocably irrational, is inexpressible, is intransmissible.
"Tragic Sense Of Life" by Miguel de Unamuno
Thus it follows that the fellowship is inexpressibly sweet.
"Life in a Thousand Worlds" by William Shuler Harris
She undertook the direction of all those details which were to me so inexpressibly dreadful.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
He was inexpressibly lonely, as if forsaken of men.
"The Forest Runners" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Evidently the man had not the faintest notion of what was being done to him, and was inexpressibly terrified.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8" by Ambrose Bierce
That lady's ears had caught the sound of the contest; of the harsh words; and she felt inexpressibly surprised.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood

In poetry:

The garden rang with music
Of inexpressible despair.
A dish of oysters spread on ice
Smelled like the ocean, fresh and sharp.
"In The Evening" by Anna Akhmatova
Lest you see with trembling Fear,
With inexpressible Distress;
The purple spots of Death appear,
To blast your Hopes and Happiness:
"Lyric Address To Dr. Jenner" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
With dirge and bell and minute-gun, we paid
Some few poor rites—an inexpressive token
Of a great people's pain—to Jackson's shade,
In agony unspoken.
"Obsequies Of Stuart" by John Reuben Thompson
As I see my soul reflected in nature;
As I see through a mist, one with inexpressible completeness and
See the bent head, and arms folded over the breast—the female I see.
"I Sing The Body Electric" by Walt Whitman
No indeterminable thought is theirs,
The stars', the sunsets' and the flowers';
Whose inexpressible speech declares
Th' immortal Beautiful, who shares
This mortal riddle which is ours,
Beyond the forward-flying hours.
"Intimations Of The Beautiful" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

The standup guy who tells wigged-out one-liners, his face totally inexpressive.
As my dad lay dying in the bed on the right side of the semi-private room, the pain that I felt in my heart was inexpressible.

In science:

In contrast to myOntology, we do not restrict ourselves to lightweight (i.e. relatively inexpressive) ontologies.
AceWiki: Collaborative Ontology Management in Controlled Natural Language
Such a property may be non-declarative (i.e. inexpressible by means of the declarative semantics).
A Simple Correctness Proof for Magic Transformation
Since it can be shown that any formula of IFP is invariant under ≡L k for some k , this becomes useful in proving inexpressibility results for IFP.
Pebble games with algebraic rules
However, our interest is not so much in these finite-variable logics themselves, but rather in using them as tools for showing inexpressibility in fixed-point logic with rank operators, which means showing non-definability in Rk m;Ω for al l values of k , m and Ω.
Pebble games with algebraic rules
This correspondence gives us the a purely combinatorial method for proving inexpressibility results for k -variable logic in general and IFP in particular, since it can be shown that any formula of IFP is invariant under ≡L k for some k .
Pebble games with algebraic rules