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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Express \Ex*press"\ ([e^]ks*pr[e^]s"), a. [F. expr[`e]s, L.
expressus, p. p. of exprimere to express; ex. out + premere
To press. See {Press}.]
1. Exactly representing; exact.

Their human countenance The express resemblance of
the gods. --Milton.

2. Directly and distinctly stated; declared in terms; not
implied or left to inference; made unambiguous by
intention and care; clear; not dubious; as, express
consent; an express statement.

I have express commandment. --Shak.

3. Intended for a particular purpose; relating to an express;
sent on a particular errand; dispatched with special
speed; as, an express messenger or train. Also used

A messenger sent express from the other world.

{Express color}. (Law) See the Note under {Color}, n., 8.

Syn: Explicit; clear; unambiguous. See {Explicit}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Express \Ex*press"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Expressed}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Expressing}.] [Cf. OF. espresser, expresser, L.
exprimere, expressum. See {Express}, a.; cf. {Sprain}.]
1. To press or squeeze out; as, to express the juice of
grapes, or of apples; hence, to extort; to elicit.

All the fruits out of which drink is expressed.

And th'idle breath all utterly expressed. --Spenser.

Halters and racks can not express from thee More
than by deeds. --B. Jonson.

2. To make or offer a representation of; to show by a copy or
likeness; to represent; to resemble.

Each skillful artist shall express thy form. --E.

So kids and whelps their sires and dams express.

3. To give a true impression of; to represent and make known;
to manifest plainly; to show in general; to exhibit, as an
opinion or feeling, by a look, gesture, and esp. by
language; to declare; to utter; to tell.

My words express my purpose. --Shak.

They expressed in their lives those excellent
doctrines of morality. --Addison.

4. To make known the opinions or feelings of; to declare what
is in the mind of; to show (one's self); to cause to
appear; -- used reflexively.

Mr. Phillips did express with much indignation
against me, one evening. --Pope.

5. To denote; to designate.

Moses and Aaron took these men, which are expressed
by their names. --Num. i. 17.

6. To send by express messenger; to forward by special
opportunity, or through the medium of an express; as, to
express a package.

Syn: To declare; utter; signify; testify; intimate.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Express \Ex*press"\, n. [Cf. F. expr[`e]s a messenger.]
1. A clear image or representation; an expression; a plain
declaration. [Obs.]

The only remanent express of Christ's sacrifice on
earth. --Jer. Taylor.

2. A messenger sent on a special errand; a courier; hence, a
regular and fast conveyance; commonly, a company or system
for the prompt and safe transportation of merchandise or
parcels; also, a railway train for transporting passengers
or goods with speed and punctuality.

3. An express office.

She charged him . . . to ask at the express if
anything came up from town. --E. E. Hale.

4. That which is sent by an express messenger or message.
[Obs.] --Eikon Basilike.

{Express office}, an office where packages for an express are
received or delivered.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: not tacit or implied; "her express wish"
2: without unnecessary stops; "an express train"; "an express
n 1: rapid transport of goods [syn: {expressage}]
2: mail that is distributed by a rapid and efficient system
[syn: {express mail}]
3: public transport consisting of a fast train or bus that
makes a limited number of scheduled stops; "he caught the
express to New York" [ant: {local}]
adv : by express; "please send the letter express"
v 1: give expression to; "She showed her disappointment" [syn: {show},
2: articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise;
"She expressed her anger"; "He uttered a curse" [syn: {utter},
{give tongue to}]
3: indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.; "Can you express
this distance in kilometers?" [syn: {state}]
4: serve as a means for expressing something: "The painting of
Mary carries motherly love"; "His voice carried a lot af
anger" [syn: {carry}, {convey}]
5: obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action; "Italians
express coffee rather than filter it" [syn: {press out}, {extract}]
6: send my rapid transport or special messenger service; "She
expressed the letter to Florida"

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