Hypertext Webster Gateway: "expression"

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

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.

2. The act of declaring or signifying; declaration;
utterance; as, an expression of the public will.

With this tone of philosophy were mingled
expressions of sympathy. --Prescott.

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.

The imitators of Shakespeare, fixing their attention
on his wonderful power of expression, have directed
their imitation to this. --M. Arnold.

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.''

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the expression on a person's face; "a sad expression"; "a
look of triumph"; "an angry face" [syn: {look}, {aspect},
{facial expression}, {face}]
2: expression without words; "tears are an expression of
grief"; "the pulse is a reflection of the heart's
condition" [syn: {manifestation}, {reflection}, {reflexion}]
3: the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or
opinions; "expressions of good will"; "he helped me find
expression for my ideas"
4: a word or phrase that particular people use in particular
situations; "pardon the expression" [syn: {saying}, {locution}]
5: the style of expressing yourself; "he suggested a better
formulation"; "his manner of expression showed how much he
cared" [syn: {formulation}]
6: a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement [syn:
7: a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and
are considered as a single unit; "I concluded from his
awkward constructions that he was a foreigner" [syn: {construction},
{grammatical construction}] [ant: {misconstruction}]
8: the act of forcing something out by squeezing or pressing;
"the expression of milk from her breast"

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