• WordNet 3.6
    • adj expressed precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication "explicit instructions","she made her wishes explicit","explicit sexual scenes"
    • adj expressed communicated in words "frequently uttered sentiments"
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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


  • Elsie De Wolfe
    Elsie De Wolfe
    “It is the personality of the mistress that the home expresses. Men are forever guests in our homes, no matter how much happiness they may find there.”
  • Isadora Duncan
    “It seems to me monstrous that anyone should believe that the jazz rhythm expresses America. Jazz rhythm expresses the primitive savage.”
  • Gaston Bachelard
    “To live life well is to express life poorly; if one expresses life too well, one is living it no longer.”
  • Paul Tillich
    Paul Tillich
    “Language has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone, and the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “How beautiful maleness is, if it finds its right expression.”
  • Earl Nightingale
    “Your world is a living expression of how you are using and have used your mind.”


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:

There was a distinct streak of "queerness," as Cutter expressed it, in the family.
"Paul Patoff" by F. Marion Crawford
She was silent, but her sharp eyes were bent upon the cibolero with a triumphant expression.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
I might call them a clique; but that is not a good word, and does not express what I mean.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
It was a movement that expressed something like helpless bewilderment.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
The severe and exquisite verses of the "Lyra Apostolica" fitly expressed the passions of his heart.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
We all have the right to express our opinions, and I will express mine.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Her gratitude was deep, and found expression in actions more eloquent than words.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
How does the artist express the idea of relative distance?
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
Shakespeare has not only sincerity of expression but an understanding mind.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
It is such a very painful thing to me, that I really cannot express my sorrow.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster

In poetry:

Thou art a toilsome mole, or less;
A moving mist;
But life is what none can express:
A quickness which my God hath kissed.
"Quickness" by Henry Vaughan
TAKE , O take this sweet impression,
Bear it on thy snowy breast;
Words are feeble in expression,
Yet on them I fondly rest.
"To A Sheet Of Paper" by Elizabeth Bath
O let them all thy mind express,
Stand forth thy chosen witnesses,
Thy power unto salvation show,
And perfect holiness below!
"Hymn XVII: Jesus, From Whom All Blessings Grow" by Charles Wesley
When with a love none can express,
That mutually happy pair,
Melander and Celinda fair,
The season with their loves did bless.
"An Ode Upon a Question Moved, Whether Love Should Continue Forever" by Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury
They scan, they prate, they marvel why
The figures still expressive glow,
Oblivious they were painted by
Adoring Frà Angelico.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
From the living face of beauty
Beams the soul's expressive ray,
And with all thy god-like genius
This thou never canst portray.
"Mona Lisa" by Mary Gardiner Horsford

In news:

With his perpetually dangling cigarette and world-weary expression, Bogart 's aura is deeply imbedded in popular culture.
The family suggests donations to Community Shares and to American Booksellers for Free Expression.
In a Sept 17 letter to the editor, brothers Steven and Garrett Hoaglin expressed their disappointment with the language of their classmates at a football game.
Do Tim Tebow's expressions of faith cross the line.
It was an expression they coined the day on the golf course when he hit a ball into the trees and it miraculously ricocheted back onto the fairway.
He's completely off the leash, and he's leading a revolution of wildly expressive behavior by pro bowlers on the PBA Tour's ESPN finals.
Brazil 's government has expressed deep fury in recent months about the cost of banking in Brazil , and has urged the government-run banks, including Banco do Brasil and Caixa Economica Federal, to lower costs, in turn putting.
Enjoy a Carefree Stay While Visiting Vermont You'll find plenty of reasons to love the Holiday Inn Express hotel in Brattleboro .
Here I am, a new columnist trying to get more and more readers, yet I've chosen to express a position that most of you probably disagree with.
I am writing to you to express my concern about your recent public comments that made the front page of our local newspaper in Sevier County.
Express Oil Change location in the Birmingham metro area are sponsoring a canned food drive.
A new express lane opened on southbound I-680 from Pleasanton to Milpitas.
The Bay Area's first "express lane," which will allow solo drivers to use the carpool lane by paying a toll electronically with FasTrak, will open on Interstate Highway 680 in September.
Can CVS and Express Scripts Sustain Their Rebound Relationship.
FIrst Jet Express Triathalon September 9.

In science:

However, the general expression for ψ2 is not required for further calculations; it is sufficient to have only the expression for ψ2 averaged over the surface inhomogeneities, hψ2 i.
Surface Roughness and Effective Stick-Slip Motion
The last expression in eq. (4.10) is a short-hand expression for the sum over words of (K, L)-type.
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
Because some values of an EPPF can always be expressed as moments of ˜P1 , as in (8) and (10), it seems natural to try to express an EPPF similarly whenever possible.
Poisson-Kingman partitions
Inserting this expression for hs (u) into Eq. (46), setting m2 = 1, and then summing over n, we find an expression for P (k , u, s) that is the same as Eq. (29).
Aging Continuous Time Random Walks
For the Ising model, it reads E (σ ) = −J P(i,j ) σ (i)σ (j ) − H Pi σ (i), where the first sum extends over nearest neighboring pairs of vertices (i, j ) and expresses ferro– (J > 0) or antiferro– (J < 0) magnetic interactions, while the second sum expresses the coupling of the system to an external magnetic field H .
Geometrically Constrained Statistical Models on Fixed and Random Lattices: From Hard Squares to Meanders