Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of forcing something out by squeezing or pressing
  2. (noun, attribute) the feelings expressed on a person's face
    a look of triumph
    an angry face
  3. (noun, communication) a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit
  4. (noun, communication) a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement
  5. (noun, communication) expression without words
    the pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition
  6. (noun, communication) the style of expressing yourself
    his manner of expression showed how much he cared
  7. (noun, communication) the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions
    he helped me find verbal expression for my ideas
    the idea was immediate but the verbalism took hours
  8. (noun, communication) a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations
  9. (noun, process) (genetics) the process of expressing a gene

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Origin of the word Expression

  1. "action of manifesting a feeling," mid-15c., from Fr. expression (14c.), from L. expressionem, noun of action from 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." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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