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Definition of EXPRESSION

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Expression \Ex*pres"sion\ ([e^]ks*pr[e^]sh"[u^]n), 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.              --Prescott. [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.              --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]

     4. 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." --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

              It still wore the majesty of expression so conspicuous in his portraits by the inimitable pencil of Titian.                     --Prescott. [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. (Math.) The representation of any quantity or relation by appropriate characters or symbols, usually in a specific order. [1913 Webster +PJC]

     7. (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, [PJC]

     8. (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. [PJC]

     Note: 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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

292 Moby Thesaurus words for "expression": Christophany, Parthian shot, Satanophany, accent, adage, address, adjectival phrase, affirmation, air, airing, allegation, ana, analects, angelophany, announcement, answer, antonym, aphorism, apostrophe, apothegm, appearance, ardor, articulateness, articulation, aspect, assertion, asseveration, avatar, averment, avulsion, axiom, byword, cantando, cast, catchword, characterization, choice of words, clause, collected sayings, command of language, command of words, comment, communication, composition, concentration, construction, countenance, crack, current saying, cutting out, declaration, decoction, delivery, demilegato, demonstration, denomination, denotation, depth, deracination, designation, dialect, dictate, diction, dictum, differentiation, disclosure, disentanglement, dissemination, distich, distillation, drawing, drawing out, dredging, drilling, effective style, eloquence, eloquent tongue, embodiment, emotion, enucleation, enunciation, epigram, epiphany, eradication, evidence, evincement, evolvement, evulsion, excavation, excision, exclamation, execution, expressiveness, exsection, extirpation, extraction, extrication, face, facundity, feeling, felicitousness, felicity, fingering, formulation, free form, gesture, gift of expression, gift of gab, glibness, glissando, gnome, golden saying, grammar, graphicness, greeting, headed group, hint, homograph, homonym, homophone, identification, idiom, idiotism, incarnation, indication, indicativeness, infusion, intensity, interjection, intonation, issue, language, legato, lexeme, linguistic form, locution, logos, look, loudness, manifestation, manner of speaking, materialization, maxim, meaning, meaningfulness, mention, metonym, mezzo staccato, mien, minimum free form, mining, monosyllable, moral, mot, motto, music-making, naming, note, noun phrase, nuance, observation, oracle, oratory, paragraph, parlance, parlando, passion, pathos, peculiar expression, performance, period, phrasal idiom, phrase, phraseology, phrasing, pianism, picking out, pithy saying, pizzicato, pneumatophany, pointing, pointing out, pointing to, polysyllable, position, precept, prescript, pressing, pressing out, pronouncement, proof, proverb, proverbial saying, proverbs, publication, pulling, quarrying, question, reflection, remark, reminder, removal, rendering, rendition, repercussion, representation, revelation, rhetoric, ripping out, rubato, saw, say, saying, selection, sensitivity, sentence, sententious expression, set phrase, shading, show, showing, sign, signification, silver tongue, slickness, sloka, slur, smoothness, soaking, softness, specification, speech, spiccato, spirit, squeezing, squeezing out, staccato, standard phrase, statement, steeping, stock saying, style, subjoinder, suggestion, sutra, syllable, symbol, symptomaticness, synonym, syntactic structure, talk, teaching, term, text, theophany, thought, token, tone, touch, turn of expression, turn of phrase, unrooting, uprooting, usage, use of words, usus loquendi, utterance, vent, verb complex, verb phrase, verbalism, verbalization, verbiage, verbum, verse, visage, vividness, vocable, voice, voicing, way of speaking, wisdom, wisdom literature, wise saying, withdrawal, witticism, word, word-group, wordage, wording, words of wisdom, wresting out


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