expression

[ik-spresh-uhn]
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noun
  1. the act of expressing or setting forth in words: the free expression of political opinions.
  2. a particular word, phrase, or form of words: old-fashioned expressions.
  3. the manner or form in which a thing is expressed in words; wording; phrasing: delicacy of expression.
  4. the power of expressing in words: joy beyond expression.
  5. indication of feeling, spirit, character, etc., as on the face, in the voice, or in artistic execution: the lyric expression embodied in his poetry.
  6. a look or intonation expressing personal reaction, feeling, etc.: a shocked expression.
  7. the quality or power of expressing an attitude, emotion, etc.: a face that lacks expression; to read with expression.
  8. the act of expressing or representing, as by symbols.
  9. Mathematics. a symbol or a combination of symbols representing a value, relation, or the like.
  10. Linguistics. the stylistic characteristics of an utterance (opposed to meaning).
  11. Linguistics. the system of verbal utterances specific to a language (opposed to content1).
  12. the act of expressing or pressing out.
  13. Computers. a combination of variables, constants, and functions linked by operation symbols and any required punctuation that describe a rule for calculating a value.
  14. Genetics.
    1. the action of a gene in the production of a protein or a phenotype.
    2. expressivity(def 2).

Origin of expression

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin expressiōn- (stem of expressiō) a pressing out. See express, -ion
Related formsex·pres·sion·al, adjectiveex·pres·sion·less, adjectiveex·pres·sion·less·ly, adverbpre·ex·pres·sion, nounre·ex·pres·sion, nounsu·per·ex·pres·sion, noun

Synonyms for expression

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1. utterance, declaration, assertion, statement. 2. term, idiom. See phrase. 3. language, diction, phraseology. 5. manifestation, sign. 6. aspect, air.
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Examples from the Web for expressionless

Contemporary Examples of expressionless

  • At the time Milke entered death row, she was 26 years old,  tall and slender with expressionless blue eyes and permed brown hair.

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    Death Row Debbie Milke Could Soon Be Free

    Terry Greene Sterling

    May 26, 2013

  • One group known as Total Black was particularly ominous, dressed in all black with only their expressionless faces exposed.

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    Anarchists Hijack Rome Protests

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

    October 15, 2011

  • In photographs, he says, she sports one of those “blank, expressionless faces” that lack variety and emotion.

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    A Book About Boredom Is Anything But

    Jeremy Axelrod

    June 20, 2011

  • Little Hossein was pale and his eyes looked glassy and expressionless.

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    When Everything Changed

    Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

    March 11, 2011

Historical Examples of expressionless

  • "Yes, do," answered White, with an expressionless countenance.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • His tone was so even, so expressionless, that its slightest changes were noticeable.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • His eyes seemed very large and bright, but empty, expressionless.

  • Those eyes were expressionless because there was nothing to give them expression.

  • Her face was expressionless, but he knew that she was laughing at him.

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs


British Dictionary definitions for expressionless

expression

noun
  1. the act or an instance of transforming ideas into words
  2. a manifestation of an emotion, feeling, etc, without wordstears are an expression of grief
  3. communication of emotion through music, painting, etc
  4. a look on the face that indicates mood or emotiona joyful expression
  5. the choice of words, phrases, syntax, intonation, etc, in communicating
  6. a particular phrase used conventionally to express somethinga dialect expression
  7. the act or process of forcing or squeezing out a liquid
  8. maths a variable, function, or some combination of constants, variables, or functions
  9. genetics the effect of a particular gene on the phenotype
Derived Formsexpressional, adjectiveexpressionless, adjectiveexpressionlessly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for expressionless
adj.

1831, from expression + -less.

expression

n.

early 15c., "action of pressing out;" later (mid-15c.) "action of manifesting a feeling;" (late 15c.) "a putting into words," from Middle French expression (14c.), from Late Latin expressionem (nominative expressio), noun of action from past participle stem of exprimere (see express (v.)). Meaning "an action or creation that expresses feelings" is from 1620s. Of the face, from 1774. Occasionally the word also was used literally, for "the action of squeezing out."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

expressionless in Medicine

expression

[ĭk-sprĕshən]
n.
  1. The act of pressing or squeezing out.
  2. The outward manifestation of a mood or disposition by mobility of the facial features; facies.
  3. The phenotype manifested by a genotype under fixed environmental conditions.
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