• WordNet 3.6
    • n expression the act of forcing something out by squeezing or pressing "the expression of milk from her breast"
    • n expression the feelings expressed on a person's face "a sad expression","a look of triumph","an angry face"
    • n expression a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit "I concluded from his awkward constructions that he was a foreigner"
    • n expression a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement
    • n expression expression without words "tears are an expression of grief","the pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition"
    • n expression the style of expressing yourself "he suggested a better formulation","his manner of expression showed how much he cared"
    • n expression the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions "expressions of good will","he helped me find verbal expression for my ideas","the idea was immediate but the verbalism took hours"
    • n expression a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations "pardon the expression"
    • n expression (genetics) the process of expressing a gene
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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: Although the Pony Express was one of the most famous chapters in U.S. history, it only lasted one year, from 1860-61.
    • Expression (Computers) a combination of characters linked by operators, occurring as part of the code of a computer program, which must be evaluated according to the rules of the computer language in order to produce a resulting value.
    • Expression A form of words in which an idea or sentiment is conveyed; a mode of speech; a phrase; as, a common expression; an odd expression.
    • Expression Lively or vivid representation of meaning, sentiment, or feeling, etc.; significant and impressive indication, whether by language, appearance, or gesture; that manner or style which gives life and suggestive force to ideas and sentiments; as, he reads with expression; her performance on the piano has expression. "The imitators of Shakespeare, fixing their attention on his wonderful power of expression , have directed their imitation to this."
    • Expression That which is expressed by a countenance, a posture, a work of art, etc.; look, as indicative of thought or feeling. "The expression of an eye.""It still wore the majesty of expression so conspicuous in his portraits by the inimitable pencil of Titian."
    • Expression The act of declaring or signifying; declaration; utterance; as, an expression of the public will. "With this tone of philosophy were mingled expressions of sympathy."
    • Expression The act of expressing; the act of forcing out by pressure; as, the expression of juices or oils; also, of extorting or eliciting; as, a forcible expression of truth.
    • Expression (Genetics) the production of products by a gene that cause the appearance of the corresponding protein or phenotype; -- of a gene or of an organism with a specific gene; as, the expression the beta-galactosidase positive phenotype,
    • Expression (Math) The representation of any quantity or relation by appropriate characters or symbols, usually in a specific order.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Approximate number of facial expressions dogs can make: 100.
    • n expression The act of expressing or forcing out by pressure, as juices and oils from plants.
    • n expression The act of expressing, or embodying or representing in speech, writing, or action; utterance; declaration; representation; manifestation: as, an expression of the public will.
    • n expression Mode of expressing; manner of giving forth or manifesting thoughts, feelings, sentiments, ideas, etc.
    • n expression Used absolutely, expressive utterance; significant manifestation; lucid exposition of thoughts or ideas: as, he lacks expression, or the faculty of expression.
    • n expression The outward indication of some interior state, property, or function; especially, appearance as indicative of character, feeling, or emotion; significant look or attitude: as, a mild or a fierce expression (of the eye or of the whole person); a peculiar expression.
    • n expression That which is expressed or uttered; an utterance; a saying; a phrase or mode of speech: as, an uncommon expression.
    • n expression In rhetoric, the peculiar manner of utterance as affected by the subject and sentiment; elocution; diction.
    • n expression In art and music, the method of bringing out or exhibiting the character and meaning of a work in all or any of its details; clear representation of ideas, emotions, etc., in a work of art or a musical performance; effective execution.
    • n expression In algebra, any algebraical symbol, or, especially, a combination of symbols, as (x + y) z. An expression may denote either a quantity or an operation; but an equation or inequality, since it constitutes a proposition, is not considered as an expression, but as the statement of a relation between expressions. Synonyms See term.
    • n expression In obstetrics: Credé's method, compression of the flaccid uterus by the hand externally applied in order to express the placenta after the birth of the child.
    • n expression Kristeller's method, pressure and friction of the uterus made by the hand on the abdominal wall, in order to hasten the birth of the child.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The heavy tea tax imposed on the colonies in 1773, which caused the "Boston Tea Party," resulted in America switching from tea to coffee. Drinking coffee was an expression of freedom.
    • ns Expression act of expressing or forcing out by pressure: act of representing or giving utterance to: faithful and vivid representation by language, art, the features, &c.: that which is expressed: look: feature: the manner in which anything is expressed: tone of voice or sound in music
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  • Marlon Brando
    Marlon Brando
    “Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It's a bum's life. The principal benefit acting has afforded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis.”
  • 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.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
    “The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.”
  • Marquis De Vauvenargues
    “When a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, it should be rejected.”


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
L. expressio,: cf. F. expression,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. expresser—L. ex, out, pressāre, freq. of premĕre, pressum, to press.


In literature:

Aur, sometimes expressed Or, Ur, and Our, signifies both light and fire.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I." by Jacob Bryant
He expressed particular satisfaction at these expressions of loyalty and affection.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
His desire for anything was expressed in inarticulate and not specially expressive tones.
"The Mind of the Child, Part II" by W. Preyer
If his music expresses anything at all, it expresses just the characteristics that Mahler was most anxious to have it conceal.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
The expression of the countenances should be pleasant and animated.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head
He bade them farewell with regret, which was softened by the hope expressed by all of a speedy meeting.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
If lust will seek an expression, are all expressions of it necessarily evil?
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
Childhood is so simple and unaffected, ever expressing with innocent confidence its dearest thought, and claiming sympathy!
"Eventide" by Effie Afton
Is speech as necessary in expressing feeling as in expressing thought?
"The Mind and Its Education" by George Herbert Betts
Wagner was a strong, honest man who simply desired to express his better self.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard

In poetry:

'Tis so delightful, bright, and high,
That man, or angel, cannot fly
To such a pitch, nor e'er express
The tith of its vast happiness.
"Concerning The New Jerusalem" by Rees Prichard
Awaiting masses
Of cloud to give them expression,
These super-people! -
And my baby a nail
Driven, driven in.
He shrieks in his grease
"Brasilia" by Sylvia Plath
So, separate from the world, his breast
Might duly take and strongly keep
The print of Heaven, to be expressed
Ere long on Sion's steep.
"Thirteenth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
How shall I name thee? How express
The thoughts that unto thee belong?
Sometimes a sigh interprets them,
At other times, perhaps, a song.
"Only A Chromo" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
The law discovers guilt and sin,
And shows how vile our hearts have been;
Only the gospel can express
Forgiving love and cleansing grace.
"Hymn 121" by Isaac Watts
The sweet expression of that face.
For ever changing, yet the same,
Ah no, I dare not turn to trace.
It melts my soul, it fires my frame!
"A Farewell" by Samuel Rogers

In news:

Sarah Farley prepares a pie at the Nix Medical Center kitchen in 2007 EXPRESS-NEWS FILE PHOTO.
Only the width of Afleet Express's flared nostril prevented an historic double at Saratoga on Aug 28.
The Black Mountain Express lift will run starting at 9 a.m. More Outdoor Recreation Headlines.
I've been competing in dog shows since I was a puppy and you can take it from me, it's a dog's life, if you'll forgive the expression.
ROCHELLE A SHENK Record Express Correspondent, Staff Writer.
EDR Performance is now an authorized K-Tech Suspension Service Center, the company's North American importer, Orient Express, announced.
(Ron Henry Strait / For the Express-News).
People often express the wish that the spirit of Christmas could last all year long.
John Bailey's thoughts on cinematography and artistic expression.
Diablo Ballet, Contra Costa's professional ballet company , is enchanting and expressive.
American Express and Fred's on Friday announced the launch of a special three-month American Express Cardmember offer beginning in September to celebrate the recent card acceptance agreement between the two companies.
This undated image provided by American Express shows the Bluebird prepaid card that Wal-Mart Stores Inc and American Express announced Monday, Oct 8, 2012.
The Atlantic City Express Service/Amy Toensing Today, the three casinos that paid for the ACES express train from New York City to Atlantic City said they are ending it for good.
SwedishAmerican Health System has introduced an innovative new Expressive Arts Therapies Program for patients, providing them with a non-verbal means of expressing their emotions.
DNA-damaged) fibroblasts that were capable of expressing and secreting WNT16B, or conditioned medium from irradiated fibroblasts that expressed a WNT16B-inhibiting shRNA.

In science:

At )-generic spatio-temporal query that is expressible in FO(+, ×, <, 0, 1) can be converted into an equivalent query expressible in the language FO(Π).
First-order Complete and Computationally Complete Query Languages for Spatio-Temporal Databases
The predicate CoSysn A , expressing this, is similar the the previously introduced predicate CoSysA (see the proof of Theorem 4.4), except that some constraints are added that express that the points should be co-temporal.
First-order Complete and Computationally Complete Query Languages for Spatio-Temporal Databases
This happens if, e. g. in either of the three expressions the left part of the ∨-expression is true, i. e. tpq ∧ trs ∧ trp ∧ tqs ∧ tps ∧ tqr.
NP-completeness of Partial Chirotope Extendibility
This latter expression has also been obtained in ref. [171] where upper and lower bounds were found using a perturbative expression for the ground state energy as a functional of φ(x).
Functionals of the Brownian motion, localization and metric graphs
M is the V × V -matrix : aαµ (cid:2)tα χαµ (0) + wα χ′αµ (0)(cid:3)! + aαβ [cαwα − tαdα ] Ξαβ . Mαβ = δαβ 1 + Xµ The eq. (65), expressing the determinant in terms of arc matrices, and the eq. (72), expressing it in terms of vertex matrix, have been derived up to multiplicative constants independent on γ .
Functionals of the Brownian motion, localization and metric graphs