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Noun expression has 9 senses

1.  expression(n = noun.attribute) aspect, face, facial expression, look - the feelings expressed on a person's face; "a sad expression"; "a look of triumph"; "an angry face"
is a kind of countenance, visage
has particulars: leer, light, spark, sparkle, twinkle

2.  expression(n = noun.communication) manifestation, reflection, reflexion - expression without words; "tears are an expression of grief"; "the pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition"
is a kind of demo, demonstration
has particulars: lamentation, mourning, act, blowup, ebullition, effusion, gush, outburst

3.  expression(n = noun.communication) verbal expression, verbalism - 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"
is a kind of communicating, communication
has particulars: articulation, voice, cold turkey, congratulation, felicitation
Derived form verb express2

4.  expression(n = noun.communication) locution, saying - a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression"
is a kind of language, oral communication, speech, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication
has particulars: beatitude, logion, calque, calque formation, loan translation, advice and consent, ambiguity, euphemism, dysphemism, shucks, tongue twister, anatomical, anatomical reference, southernism, catchword, motto, shibboleth, slogan, axiom, maxim, epigram, quip, adage, byword, proverb, saw, idiom, idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, phrase, set phrase, agrapha, sumpsimus

5.  expression(n = noun.communication) formulation - the style of expressing yourself; "he suggested a better formulation"; "his manner of expression showed how much he cared"
is a kind of expressive style, style
has particulars: sentimentalism, honorific, archaicism, archaism, boilerplate, colloquialism, idiom, parlance, americanism, anglicism, briticism, britishism, choice of words, diction, phraseology, phrasing, verbiage, wording

6.  expression(n = noun.communication) formula - a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement;
is a kind of mathematical statement
has particulars: sentential function, primitive, exponential expression

7.  expression(n = noun.process) - (genetics) the process of expressing a gene;
is a kind of
biological process, organic process
Derived form verb express5

8.  expression(n = noun.communication) construction, grammatical construction - 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"
is a kind of constituent, grammatical constituent
has particulars: adjunct, clause, complement, involution, phrase, predicator

9.  expression(n = noun.act) - the act of forcing something out by squeezing or pressing; "the expression of milk from her breast"
is a kind of
squeeze, squeezing
Derived form verb express6


expression, n. [L. expressio: cf. F. expression.].

1.  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. [1913 Webster]

2.  The act of declaring or signifying; declaration; utterance; as, an expression of the public will. [1913 Webster]
"With this tone of philosophy were mingled expressions of sympathy." [1913 Webster]

3.  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. [1913 Webster]
"The imitators of Shakespeare, fixing their attention on his wonderful power of expression, have directed their imitation to this." [1913 Webster]

4.  That which is expressed by a countenance, a posture, a work of art, etc.; look, as indicative of thought or feeling. Tennyson. [1913 Webster]
"It still wore the majesty of expression so conspicuous in his portraits by the inimitable pencil of Titian." [1913 Webster]

5.  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. [1913 Webster]

6.  The representation of any quantity or relation by appropriate characters or symbols, usually in a specific order. [1913 Webster]

7.  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, [PJC]

8.  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. [PJC]
" In most programming languages, (a + b) is an expression indicating simple arithmetic addition, if the variables a and b are real numbers. Many other types of operation may be used in programs, and each set of symbols indicating an operation is an expression in that program." [PJC]

Past expression, Beyond expression, beyond the power of description.Beyond expression bright.” Milton.


expression, n.
1 the act or an instance of expressing.
2 a word or phrase expressed.
3 Math. a collection of symbols expressing a quantity.
4 a person's facial appearance or intonation of voice, esp. as indicating feeling.
5 depiction of feeling, movement, etc., in art.
6 conveying of feeling in the performance of a piece of music.

expression-mark Mus. a sign or word indicating the required manner of performance.

expressional adj. expressionless adj. expressionlessly adv. expressionlessness n.

ME f. OF expression or L expressio f. exprimere: see EXPRESS(1)



N  nomenclature, naming, nuncupation, nomination, baptism, orismology, onomatopoeia, antonomasia, name, appelation, appelative, designation, title, heading, rubric, caption, denomination, by-name, epithet, style, proper name, praenomen, agnomen, cognomen, patronymic, surname, cognomination, eponym, compellation, description, antonym, empty title, empty name, handle to one's name, namesake, term, expression, noun, byword, convertible terms, technical term, cant, named, hight, ycleped, known as, what one may well, call fairly, call properly, call fitly, nuncupatory, nuncupative, cognominal, titular, nominal, orismological, beggar'd all description.


N  phrase, expression, set phrase, sentence, paragraph, figure of speech, idiom, idiotism, turn of expression, style, paraphrase, periphrase, motto, phraseology, expressed, idiomatic, in round terms, in set terms, in good set terms, set terms, in set phrases.


N  extraction, extracting, removal, elimination, extrication, eradication, evolution, evulsion, avulsion, wrench, expression, squeezing, extirpation, extermination, ejection, export, extractor, corkscrew, forceps, pliers, extracted.


N  musician, artiste, performer, player, minstrel, bard, accompanist, accordionist, instrumentalist, organist, pianist, violinist, flautist, harper, fiddler, fifer, trumpeter, piper, drummer, catgut scraper, band, orchestral waits, vocalist, melodist, singer, warbler, songster, chaunter, chauntress, songstress, cantatrice, choir, quire, chorister, chorus, chorus singer, liedertafel, nightingale, philomel, thrush, siren, bulbul, mavis, Pierides, sacred nine, Orpheus, Apollo, the Muses Erato, Euterpe, Terpsichore, tuneful nine, tuneful quire, composer, performance, execution, touch, expression, solmization, playing, musical, adagio, andante.


N  appearance, phenomenon, sight, spectacle, show, premonstration, scene, species, view, coup d'oeil, lookout, outlook, prospect, vista, perspective, bird's-eye view, scenery, landscape, picture, tableau, display, exposure, mise en sc ne, rising of the curtain, phantasm, phantom, pageant, spectacle, peep-show, raree-show, gallanty-show, ombres chinoises, magic lantern, phantasmagoria, dissolving views, biograph, cinematograph, moving pictures, panorama, diorama, cosmorama, georama, coup de theatre, jeu de theatre, pageantry, insignia, aspect, angle, phase, phasis, seeming, shape, guise, look, complexion, color, image, mien, air, cast, carriage, port, demeanor, presence, expression, first blush, face of the thing, point of view, light, lineament feature trait lines, outline, outside, contour, face, countenance, physiognomy, visage, phiz, cast of countenance, profile, tournure, cut of one s jib, metoposcopy, outside, apparent, seeming, ostensible, on view, apparently, to all seeming, to all appearance, ostensibly, seemingly, as it seems, on the face of it, prima facie, at the first blush, at first sight, in the eyes of, to the eye, editio princeps.


N  meaning, signification, significance, sense, expression, import, purport, force, drift, tenor, spirit, bearing, coloring, scope, substance, gist, essence, marrow, spirit, matter, subject, subject matter, argument, text, sum and substance, general meaning, broad meaning, substantial meaning, colloquial meaning, literal meaning, plain meaning, simple meaning, natural meaning, unstrained meaning, true meaning, honest meaning, &c 543 prima facie meaning, letter of the law, literally, after acceptation, synonym, implication, allusion, suggestion, figure of speech, acceptation, meaning, expressive, suggestive, allusive, significant, significative, significatory, pithy, full of meaning, pregnant with meaning, declaratory, intelligible, literal, synonymous, tantamount, implied, explicit, to that effect, that is to say.


N  manifestation, plainness, plain speaking, expression, showing, exposition, demonstration, exhibition, production, display, show, showing off, premonstration, exhibit, indication, publicity, disclosure, openness panchement, evidence, manifest, apparent, salient, striking, demonstrative, prominent, in the foreground, notable, pronounced, flagrant, notorious, arrant, stark staring, unshaded, glaring, defined, definite, distinct, conspicuous, obvious, evident, unmistakable, indubitable, not to be mistaken, palpable, self-evident, autoptical, intelligible, plain, clear, clear as day, clear as daylight, clear as noonday, plain as a pike staff, plain as the sun at noon-day, plain as the nose on one's face, plain as the way to parish church, explicit, overt, patent, express, ostensible, open, open as day, naked, bare, literal, downright, undisguised, exoteric, unreserved, frank, plain-spoken, candid (veracious), barefaced, manifested, disclosed, capable of being shown, producible, inconcealable, unconcealable, no secret, manifestly, openly, before one's eyes, under one's nose, to one's face, face to face, above board, cartes sur table, on the stage, in open court, in the open streets, in market overt, in the face of day, face of heaven, in broad daylight, in open daylight, without reserve, at first blush, prima facie, on the face of, in set terms, cela saute aux yeux, he that runs may read, you can see it with half an eye, it needs no ghost to tell us, the meaning lies on the surface, cela va sans dire, res ipsa loquitur, clothing the palpable and familiar, fari quae sentiat, volto sciolto i pensieri stretti, you don't need a weatherman to know which way the.


exponential expression, facial expression, gene expression, idiomatic expression, indirect expression, parenthetical expression, slang expression, turn of expression, verbal expression, without expression