Definitions of expression

  1. the expression on a person's face; " a sad expression"; " a look of triumph"; " an angry face"
  2. 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"
  3. ( genetics) the process of expressing a gene
  4. the act of forcing something out by squeezing or pressing; " the expression of milk from her breast"
  5. a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement
  6. expression without words; " tears are an expression of grief"; " the pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition"
  7. the style of expressing yourself; " he suggested a better formulation"; " his manner of expression showed how much he cared"
  8. the communication ( in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions; " expressions of good will"; " he helped me find expression for my ideas"
  9. a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; " pardon the expression"
  10. 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.
  11. The act of declaring or signifying; declaration; utterance; as, an expression of the public will.
  12. 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.
  13. That which is expressed by a countenance, a posture, a work of art, etc.; look, as indicative of thought or feeling.
  14. 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.
  15. The representation of any quantity by its appropriate characters or signs.
  16. The act or power of representing anything; a saying; mode of speech; change of the countenance; manner of speaking.
  17. 1. Squeezing out, expelling by pressure. 2. Facies.
  18. Expelling by pressure.
  19. Act of expressing or forcing out by pressure: act of representing or giving utterance to: faithful and vivid representation by language, art, the features, etc.: that which is expressed: look: feature: the manner in which anything is expressed: tone of voice or sound in music.
  21. A pressing out; representation; utterance of thought or feeling; phrase; look.
  22. The act or mode of uttering or representing.
  23. That which is uttered.
  24. Aspect; look; looks.
  25. A pressing out.
  26. The act of expressing or forcing out by pressure; the art or power of uttering, declaring, or representing; utterance; declaration; representation; a phrase or mode of speech; diction; the peculiar manner of utterance suited to the subject and sentiment; representation, as suggestive of an idea, a mood, or an emotion; the tone, grace, or modulation of voice or sound suited to any particular subject; that manner which gives life and reality to ideas and sentiments; the character or feeling as expressed in the countenance, attitude, & c; distinct, sonerous, and pleasing pronunciation, accompanied with action suited to the subject; the representation of any quantity by its appropriate character or signs.
  27. Manner of utterance; mode of speech; declaration; a natural and lively representation of an object in painting or sculpture; the transient change which takes place in the permanent form of a face or figure while under the influence of various emotions; the modulation of the voice suited to the subject in music; the appearance of the countenance; the representation of an algebraic quantity by its proper symbols.

Antonyms for expression


Quotes of expression

  1. For good or for ill, air mastery is today the supreme expression of military power and fleets and armies, however vital and important, must accept a subordinate rank. – Winston Churchill
  2. Puritanism, in whatever expression is a poisonous germ. On the surface everything may look strong and vigorous; yet the poison works its way persistently, until the entire fabric is doomed. – Emma Goldman
  3. Color is for me the purest form of expression the purest abstract reality. – Jim Hodges
  4. I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression modesty, sex appeal, simplicity- all I hope for in my clothes. – Yves Saint Laurent
  5. Singing your own songs is all about individual expression – Lyle Lovett
  6. Until fighting ends and there are conditions, which allow the free expression of will by the people, there can be no elections and elections are not held in these circumstances anywhere in the world. – Aslan Maskhadov
  7. When I start to write, words have become physical presence. It was to see if I could bring that private world to life that found its first expression through reading. I really dislike the romantic notion of the artist. – John McGahern
  8. We've been able to have our cake and eat it, too. Every song, every T -shirt, is absolutely a pure expression of what we want to do. And it connects. – Tom Morello
  9. To speak, therefore, of an electric current in the nerves, is to use quite as symbolic an expression as if we compared the action of the nervous principle with light or magnetism. – Johannes P. Muller
  10. The thought came to me that all one loves in art becomes beautiful. Beauty is nothing but the expression of the fact that something is being loved. Only thus could she be defined. – Robert Musil
  11. Those religions that are oppressive to women are also against democracy, human rights, and freedom of expression – Taslima Nasrin
  12. Language is like songs, like food, like dance -it is the expression of what we think. – Holly Near
  13. Religious poetry, civic poetry, lyric or dramatic poetry are all categories of man's expression which are valid only if the endorsement of formal content is valid. – Salvatore Quasimodo
  14. The earth is ready, the time is ripe, for the authoritative expression of the feminine as well as the masculine interpretation of that common social consensus which is slowly writing justice in the State and fraternity in the social order. – Anna Garlin Spencer

Usage examples for expression

  1. The expression on the face of his own father held his attention. – The Outcaste by F. E. Penny
  2. She did not answer or change expression – The Deluge by David Graham Phillips
  3. David was not glad that he was there, for the expression on Dan's face told him that he had seen and heard more than he had any business to know. – The Boy Trapper by Harry Castlemon
  4. Mrs. Verrier's expression changed. – Marriage à la mode by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  5. I did not know what she was going to say and the expression did not help me to guess. – Kent Knowles: Quahaug by Joseph C. Lincoln
  6. Some people, it is true, might not have noticed the expression of the lad's face; but to those who had eyes it told of something more than poverty and distress. – King Matthias and the Beggar Boy by Nicholas Jósika
  7. Mrs. Pelby paused, and looked him in the face with an expression of half despair and half astonishment. – Home Scenes, and Home Influence A Series of Tales and Sketches by T. S. Arthur
  8. His expression instantly changed. – Night and Day by Virginia Woolf
  9. To be sure, it is not quite like him, it has an expression a look which is not his, and ... – Fickle Fortune by Elisabeth Burstenbinder (AKA E. Werner)
  10. These modes of expression were collected by Lichtenberg, and a few only have been added to them. – The Student-Life of Germany by William Howitt
  11. Here she hesitated, and the expression of her face suddenly changed. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  12. He did not look at his father or change his expression but he said again: " Knowing what we do, we hadn't ought to sell him." – White Lilac; or the Queen of the May by Amy Walton
  13. She had made up her mind to smile at once, to come up to him with a smile, so that the expression of her face might put her poor brother at his ease. – The Twilight of the Souls by Louis Couperus
  14. It was an expression Kurt had seldom seen there, but had always hated. – The Desert of Wheat by Zane Grey
  15. Waterman had started up from his languid position on the box; his face had lost its wearied, languid expression and had become quite animated. – The Hero of Garside School by J. Harwood Panting
  16. You look ill; your eyes have a strange expression – A Sweet Girl Graduate by Mrs. L.T. Meade
  17. Grace's lips closed with an expression of pain. – Not Like Other Girls by Rosa N. Carey
  18. Your whole expression has changed.... – The Firing Line by Robert W. Chambers
  19. A kingdom is a fit expression of a king’ s love and good will. – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  20. As her eyes met his, she noticed his expression of deep concern, and hesitated with the reply she had evidently been just about to make. – The Exploits of Elaine by Arthur B. Reeve

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