• WordNet 3.6
    • adj expressive characterized by expression "a very expressive face"
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Express passenger locomotive Express passenger locomotive
British Express Engine British Express Engine
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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
    • Expressive Full of expression; vividly representing the meaning or feeling meant to be conveyed; significant; emphatic; as, expressive looks or words. "You have restrained yourself within the list of too cold an adieu; be more expressive to them.""Through her expressive eyes her soul distinctly spoke."
    • Expressive Serving to express, utter, or represent; indicative; communicative; -- followed by of; as, words expressive of his gratitude. "Each verse so swells expressive of her woes."
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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
    • expressive Full of expression; forcibly expressing or clearly representing; significant.
    • expressive Serving to express, utter, or represent: followed by of: as, a look expressive of gratitude.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century 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.
    • adj Expressive serving to express or indicate: full of expression: vividly representing: emphatic: significant
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  • Jean Rostand
    “It may offend us to hear our own thoughts expressed by others: we are not sure enough of their souls.”
  • Simone De Beauvoir
    “In order for the artist to have a world to express he must first be situated in this world, oppressed or oppressing, resigned or rebellious, a man among men.”
  • John Ruskin
    “No art can be noble which is incapable of expressing thought, and no art is capable of expressing thought which does not change.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.”
  • Thomas Bowdler
    Thomas Bowdler
    “Those expressions are omitted which can not with propriety be read aloud in the family.”
  • Henri Frederic Amiel
    “It is not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.”


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
Cf. F. expressif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. expresser—L. ex, out, pressāre, freq. of premĕre, pressum, to press.


In literature:

Agreed by all, though I expressed a preference of expressing that desire with great delicacy; the others were for peremptory terms.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Primitives produce art because they must; they have no other motive than a passionate desire to express their sense of form.
"Art" by Clive Bell
Every action was expressive of her exhaustion.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
A child delights in his use of his powers of expression.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
He had good, placid features, and an easy expression.
"The Shoulders of Atlas" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Certain motions express certain ideas.
"Lectures on Language" by William S. Balch
Among friends the shaking of the hand is the most genuine and cordial expression of good-will.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
Surely pride must be a dweller in a body so expressive of race!
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
Mrs. Van Dorn took them with an idiotic expression, and he asked again if they had seen the ladies.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Not one of Andrew's pure New England stock would have so expressed herself.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

In poetry:

His neighbors, too, said many things
Expressive of grave wonderings,
Since none of them had ever been
Within his doors, or peered therein.
"Mr. What's-His-Name" by James Whitcomb Riley
Since my words, though ne'er so tender,
With sincerest truth express'd,
Cannot make your heart surrender,
Nor so much as warm your breast;
"Songs Set To Music: 12. Set" by Matthew Prior
What furious thoughts will fill your breast,
What passions, fierce and tinglish
(Cannot be properly expressed
In calm, reposeful English).
"The Roasting Of Lydia" by Roswell Martin Field
O Nature! thou my tongue inspire,
With words of gratitude to bless;
And breathe upon thy tend'rest lyre,
The love thou canst alone express!
"Sonnet To My Father" by Maria Logan
Thus met, not his to falter, or to flag,
A sudden fury seized the Royal breast--
Prometheus bound upon a Scythian crag
His policy expressed.
"Arms And The Man - The Oaks And The Tempest" by James Barron Hope
The middling, great, and little folk,
Express a fondness for a joke;
And what man can a joke gain-say,
When he, who gives it, means to pay?
"Lord Chesterfield And The Farmer's Wife" by William Hutton

In news:

In fact, many small-racked bucks may carry genes for large antlers and even though they may not express them, this does not mean their sons or grandsons will not.
After the trial ended, more than a few jurors expressed respect for Judge Mahoney but few had complimentary things to say about Mel McDonald.
One way to do that is to express one's self ­ in columns, in letters to the editors, and in editorials.
View full size Express Times Photo/Bill Adams Glenn Phillips, lead Guitarist and vocalist for the Band Toad the Wet Sprocket, performs at a concert.
My middle child has me wrapped around his middle finger…I mean his little finger--yeah, that's the expression.
A Stafford County, VA, man convicted of showing up drunk seeking a job as a truck driver at Estes Express Lines last year was ordered to serve two years and eight months in prison.
In papers filed in the Western District Court of Wisconsin on Thursday, Apple and Google expressed broad agreement to use binding arbitration to resolve their issues surrounding standards essential patents.
A company called Crystal Custom has come up with a new way for sports fans to express their fandom.
Wal-Mart Stores, American Express teaming on reloadable prepaid card called Bluebird.
This week on CET Express, Barbara Kellar talks with Arn Bortz, the winner of t the 2008 Apple Award, given by Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati.
Creativity is a facet of humanity that can be expressed in a multitude of venues.
MU art student with disability expresses self in art.
Mainlining glazed doughnuts and mixing it up with reporters in the back of his bus, the Straight Talk Express, Senator John McCain really seems to be having the fun that all Presidential candidates talk about having.
In response to the article printed in the Bay View, I wish to express a few ideas of my own that will have a devastating impact on the prison economy.

In science:

Spherical expressions for momenta eigenvalues are more appropriate here, since detailed calculation reveals that components of wave functions that have half-odd integer values of helicity must be 2π antiperiodic in angle ϕ when expressed in this basis.
Algebraic Approach to the Duality Symmetry
The most significant difference between the two expressions is the term proportional to E alone, which has changed sign with the imaginary part of the non-linear expression now positive rather than negative and now describes a prograde pressure-driven precession.
The dynamics of eccentric accretion discs in superhump systems
Here p = +/− expresses the right/left-going oneparticle states and the solid and the dotted lines express the electrons near ±kF and ±3kF , respectively.
Theoretical Aspects of Charge Ordering in Molecular Conductors
Adding this expression to the one found in the previous paragraph then yields the expression in the statement of the proposition.
Double Poisson structures on finite dimensional semi-simple algebras
Regrouping this expression then gives the expression from the proposition.
Double Poisson structures on finite dimensional semi-simple algebras