• WordNet 3.6
    • adj express not tacit or implied "her express wish"
    • adj express without unnecessary stops "an express train","an express shipment"
    • adv express by express "please send the letter express"
    • v express articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise "She expressed her anger","He uttered a curse"
    • v express give expression to "She showed her disappointment"
    • v express send by rapid transport or special messenger service "She expressed the letter to Florida"
    • v express serve as a means for expressing something "The painting of Mary carries motherly love","His voice carried a lot of anger"
    • v express indicate through a symbol, formula, etc. "Can you express this distance in kilometers?"
    • v express obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action "Italians express coffee rather than filter it"
    • v express manifest the effects of (a gene or genetic trait) "Many of the laboratory animals express the trait"
    • n express rapid transport of goods
    • n express public transport consisting of a fast train or bus that makes only a few scheduled stops "he caught the express to New York"
    • n express mail that is distributed by a rapid and efficient system
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Express passenger locomotive Express passenger locomotive
British Express Engine British Express Engine
American Type of Express-Engine American Type of Express-Engine

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The smile is the most frequently used facial expression. A smile can use anywhere from a pair of 5 to 53 facial muscles
    • Express A clear image or representation; an expression; a plain declaration. "The only remanent express of Christ's sacrifice on earth."
    • Express A messenger sent on a special errand; a courier; hence, a regular and fast conveyance; commonly, a company or system for the prompt and safe transportation of merchandise or parcels.
    • Express a railway train or bus for transporting passengers or goods with speed and punctuality; a train or bus that does not stop at certain stations. Contrasted to local; as, take the express to get there faster.
    • Express An express office. "She charged him . . . to ask at the express if anything came up from town."
    • Express Directly and distinctly stated; declared in terms; not implied or left to inference; made unambiguous by intention and care; clear; not dubious; as, express consent; an express statement. "I have express commandment."
    • Express Exactly representing; exact. "Their human countenance
      The express resemblance of the gods."
    • Express Intended for a particular purpose; relating to an express; sent on a particular errand; dispatched with special speed; as, an express messenger or train. Also used adverbially. "A messenger sent express from the other world."
    • Express of or pertaining to an express train or other conveyance designated an express{5}; makiung few or no intermediate stops; as, an express stop; an express fare; an express elevator.
    • Express That which is sent by an express messenger or message.
    • Express To denote; to designate. "Moses and Aaron took these men, which are expressed by their names."
    • Express To give a true impression of; to represent and make known; to manifest plainly; to show in general; to exhibit, as an opinion or feeling, by a look, gesture, and esp. by language; to declare; to utter; to tell. "My words express my purpose.""They expressed in their lives those excellent doctrines of morality."
    • Express To make known the opinions or feelings of; to declare what is in the mind of; to show (one's self); to cause to appear; -- used reflexively. "Mr. Phillips did express with much indignation against me, one evening."
    • Express To make or offer a representation of; to show by a copy or likeness; to represent; to resemble. "Each skillful artist shall express thy form.""So kids and whelps their sires and dams express ."
    • Express To press or squeeze out; as, to express the juice of grapes, or of apples; hence, to extort; to elicit. "All the fruits out of which drink is expressed .""And th'idle breath all utterly expressed .""Halters and racks can not express from thee
      More than by deeds."
    • Express (Genetics) to produce products that cause the appearance of the corresponding phenotype; -- of a gene or of an organism with a specific gene; as, to express the beta-galactosidase gene,
    • Express To send by express messenger; to forward by special opportunity, or through the medium of an express; as, to express a package.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Approximate number of facial expressions dogs can make: 100.
    • express To press or squeeze out; force out by pressure: as, to express the juice of grapes or of apples.
    • express To extort; elicit.
    • express To manifest or exhibit by speech, appearance, or action; make known in any way, but especially by spoken or written words.
    • express Reflexively, to utter one's thoughts; make known one's opinions or feelings: as, to express one's self properly.
    • express To manifest in semblance; constitute a copy or resemblance of; be like; resemble.
    • express To represent or show by imitation or the imitative arts; form a likeness of, as in painting or sculpture.
    • express To denote; designate.
    • express To send express; despatch by express; forward by special opportunity or through the medium of an express: as, to express a letter, a package, or merchandise.
    • express Clearly made known; distinctly expressed or indicated; unambiguous; explicit; direct; plain: as, express terms; an express interference. In law, commonly used in contradistinction to implied: as, express warranty; express malice; an express contract.
    • express Distinctly like; closely representative; bearing an exact resemblance.
    • express Distinctly adapted or suitable; particular; exact; precise: as, he made express provision for my comfort.
    • express Special; used or employed for a particular purpose; specially quick or direct: as, express haste; an express messenger.
    • n express A clear or distinct declaration, expression, or manifestation.
    • n express A particular or special message or despatch sent by a messenger.
    • n express A messenger sent on a particular errand or occasion; usually, a courier sent to communicate information of an important event, or to deliver important despatches.
    • n express Any regular provision made for the speedy transmission of messages, parcels, commissions, and the like; a vehicle or other conveyance sent on a special message; specifically, an organization of means for safe and speedy transmission of merchandise, etc., or a railway passenger-train which travels at a specially high rate of speed, stopping only at principal stations: as, the American and European Express; to travel by express. Expresses for carrying valuable parcels, merchandise, money, etc., under guaranty of personal care, speed, and safe delivery, originated in the regular journeys with small parcels first made by William F. Harnden between New York and Boston in 1839. The business rapidly became immense in the United States, under the charge not only of individuals, but of great organized companies, each operating over extensive regions, and some of them over nearly the whole civilized world.
    • n express The name of a modern sporting-rifle, a modification of the Winchester model of 1876. It takes a large charge of powder and a light bullet, which give a very high initial velocity and a trajectory practically a right line up to 150 yards. Upon striking the object the bullet spreads outwardly, inflicting a death-wound. This arm is well adapted for killing large game at short range. Also called express-rifle.
    • express Expressly; distinctly; plainly.
    • express Specially; for a particular purpose.
    • express As an express—that is, with special swiftness or expedition; post-haste; post: as, to travel express.
    • express In mathematics, to give or represent by means of a figure, graph, symbol, or function.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The original American Express card was purple.
    • v.t Express eks-pres′ to press or force out: to emit: to represent or make known by a likeness or by words: to declare, reveal: to out into words: to state plainly: to designate
    • adj Express pressed or clearly brought out: exactly representing: directly stated: explicit: clear: intended or sent for a particular purpose
    • adv Express with haste: specially: with an express train
    • n Express a messenger or conveyance sent on a special errand: a regular and quick conveyance:
    • n Express (U.S.) a system organised for the speedy and safe transmission of parcels or merchandise
    • ***


  • Marcel Marceau
    Marcel Marceau
    “I have spent more than half a lifetime trying to express the tragic moment.”
  • Charles A. Garfield
    Charles A. Garfield
    “Action expresses priorities.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The most important thing you wear is the expression on your face”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “A man finds room in the few square inches of the face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.”


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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. exprès, L. expressus, p. p. of exprimere, to express; ex,. out + premere, To press. See Press


In literature:

The poet has only to study himself, and the art of expressing his own ideals, to find that he has expressed those of other people.
"The Sense of Beauty" by George Santayana
The expression of suspicion had returned to his face.
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne
The express was due to leave Saguache at 9:57 in the evening.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
She then had the appearance of one who knew only the hard things of life, and was giving expression to them in her features and carriage.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
They listened respectfully, for they knew that the strange gentleman wished to express something.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
Expression rises out of our deepest need, and the need impels expression.
"The Gate of Appreciation" by Carleton Noyes
The body is continually levitated through spiritual expression and continually the more responsive to gravitation by sensuous expression.
"Child and Country" by Will Levington Comfort
I could detect expressive looks, and occasionally a smile that seemed to denote a mutual intelligence.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
The countenance is equally expressive of good mental qualities.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
The regret of these men, if expressed at all, had been expressed in secret.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay

In poetry:

Wherto shuld I expresse
My inward hevynes?
No myrth can make me fayn
Tyl that we mete agayne.
"Wherto Shuld I Expresse" by King Henry VIII
When sent to tell some story
That words cannot express,
Are fraught with special glory
And richest tenderness.
"The Unwritten Letter" by Jared Barhite
I followed slow her flying feet
In idlest heaviness,
But oh! my heart it laught to see
Roar through the proud express.
"Seeing Her Off" by Arthur Graeme West
In form it was a letter,
Unique in its every part,
The expression could not be better,
For it touched my inmost heart.
"The Unwritten Letter" by Jared Barhite
Cease, oh! cease once more, nor let
Such vile treason find expression
On thy lips. What! thou to praise them!
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
I backed on the Highway; but passed not
The hostel. Within there
Too mocking to Love's re-expression
Was Time's repartee!
"My Cicely" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Fazoli's Breadstick Express hits the road this Thursday.
Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi of Iraq expressed his frustration over the stalled government.
Memphians use technology to express their opinions -- and break news -- on a new medium.
As a longtime friend of supervisor candidate Breck Johnson, I want to express my reasons for believing he would make a great county supervisor.
Now the Times' Adam Nagourney is expressing regret for helping the unnamed "associate" spread the slur.
COLUMBIA — The Brookside rezoning request and FastCAT Express bus route have both received the green light from the Columbia City Council.
"It shows me different ways I can use my skill and express myself.".
US President Barack Obama greets supporters at Toledo Express Airport in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Ralph Winingham / For the Express-News.
MTA won't budge on reduced express bus fares.
Here, retrieved from the archive of my imagination, is a strategy for survival for the Daily Bugle , expressed to me in a very virtual interview with the Bugle 's CEO.
RCMP commissioner expresses frustration with ' bureaucratic ' disciplinary process.
Unfined and unfiltered, Girardin wines are renowned for expressing the terroir of Burgundy.
State Rep Pete Gallego (Tom Reel/Express-News).
Downtown Express photos by Lorenzo Ciniglio.

In science:

The closed-form expression (9) for the spin-dependent term indicates the possibility of deriving an exact expression for the violation of the pseudospin symmetry.
Violation of pseudospin symmetry in nucleon-nucleus scattering: exact relations
We note also that, by using Lemma 8(iii) and induction on the lengths of expressions, one can show the strengthened version of (1), as stated in , that any two M -reduced expressions for the same element are II-equivalent.
The solution to a conjecture of Tits on the subgroup generated by the squares of the generators of an Artin group
The expressions include context filling, and tuple expressions are represented as nested pairs.
From Syntactic Theories to Interpreters: A Specification Language and Its Compilation
Note that the above expressions do not look gauge invariant because we are evaluating a gauge invariant expression in a particular gauge.
Simple models with Alice fluxes
The final formal expression for the electronic thermal resistivity reads as a simple expression: this quantity is proportional to the scattering matrix element P22 , much like the electrical resistivity is proportional to P11 .
Coherent description of electrical and thermal impurity-and-phonon limited transport in simple metals