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.
the action of a gene in the production of a protein or a phenotype.
- 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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How to use expression in a sentence
You can admire the ambition, but in the end, the feeling is of art as an expression of imperialism.Sculpture parks are a great way to see art during a pandemic. Here’s why some are better than others. | Sebastian Smee | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Children might try tracking a speaker’s lips, watching a speaker’s facial expressions, or following where a speaker is looking.Learning a second language early might have ripple effects throughout your life | Rahul Rao | February 9, 2021 | Popular-Science
Online communities that frame themselves as refuges for free expression often find themselves pulled to the fringes, forcing members to either confront the shift or tolerate increasingly radical ideas.TheDonald’s owner speaks out on why he finally pulled plug on hate-filled site | Craig Timberg, Drew Harwell | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
Humans evolved to survive by communicating and responding to cues, down to minuscule shifts in tone and expression.Video conferences are here to stay, even after we go back to the office. Get used to it. | Karla Miller | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
While the expression “cold hands, warm heart” is considered a compliment, we prefer to have a warm heart and warm hands.Best winter gloves: Our picks for touch screen gloves, ski gloves, and more | PopSci Commerce Team | February 2, 2021 | Popular-Science
It was also an attack on our freedom of expression and way of life.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead | Luke O’Neil | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Tu eres como chuleria en pote,” goes the Puerto Rican expression that gave rise to his moniker.
Instead, he is cruelly jailed solely for the peaceful expression of his beliefs.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015 | Movements.Org | December 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.Sony: Hollywood’s Most Subversive Studio Under Attack | Marlow Stern | December 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
However the expression on his face offered some explanation.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind | Brin-Jonathan Butler | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is most peculiar, and when he plays that way, the most bewitching little expression comes over his face.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
Of course the expression of this value is modified and characterized by the nature of the thing spoken of.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
All elements of expression modify each other, so that no mere rule can cover all cases.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
At the mention of the Merrill Horse, Poindexter's countenance took on a demoniac expression.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
Various impulses urged him into a pouring flood of words; yet he gave expression to none of them.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for expression
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
- expressional, adjective
- expressionless, adjective
- expressionlessly, adverb
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