Expression | Definition of Expression at Dictionary.com

[ ik- spresh - uh n ]

/ ɪkˈsprɛʃ ən /


noun

the act of expressing or setting forth in words: the free expression of political opinions.

a particular word, phrase, or form of words: old-fashioned expressions.

the manner or form in which a thing is expressed in words; wording; phrasing: delicacy of expression.

the power of expressing in words: joy beyond expression.

indication of feeling, spirit, character, etc., as on the face, in the voice, or in artistic execution: the lyric expression embodied in his poetry.

a look or intonation expressing personal reaction, feeling, etc.: a shocked expression.

the quality or power of expressing an attitude, emotion, etc.: a face that lacks expression; to read with expression.

the act of expressing or representing, as by symbols.

Mathematics . a symbol or a combination of symbols representing a value, relation, or the like.

Linguistics . the stylistic characteristics of an utterance (opposed to meaning). Linguistics . the system of verbal utterances specific to a language (opposed to content1).

the act of expressing or pressing out.

Computers . a combination of variables, constants, and functions linked by operation symbols and any required punctuation that describe a rule for calculating a value.

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Origin of expression

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Latin

expressiōn-

(stem of

expressiō

) “a pressing out.” See

express

,

-ion

synonym study for expression

OTHER WORDS FROM expression

ex·pres·sion·al, adjective ex·pres·sion·less, adjective ex·pres·sion·less·ly, adverb pre·ex·pres·sion, noun

re·ex·pres·sion, noun su·per·ex·pres·sion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for expression


noun

the act or an instance of transforming ideas into words

a manifestation of an emotion, feeling, etc, without words tears are an expression of grief

communication of emotion through music, painting, etc

a look on the face that indicates mood or emotion a joyful expression

the choice of words, phrases, syntax, intonation, etc, in communicating

a particular phrase used conventionally to express something a dialect expression

the act or process of forcing or squeezing out a liquid

maths a variable, function, or some combination of constants, variables, or functions

genetics the effect of a particular gene on the phenotype

Derived forms of expression

expressional , adjective expressionless , adjective expressionlessly , adverb

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Medical definitions for expression


n.

The act of pressing or squeezing out.

The outward manifestation of a mood or disposition by mobility of the facial features; facies.

The phenotype manifested by a genotype under fixed environmental conditions.

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