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expression

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noun ex·pres·sion \ik-ˈspre-shən\

Simple Definition of expression

  • : the act of making your thoughts, feelings, etc., known by speech, writing, or some other method : the act of expressing something

  • : a word or phrase

  • : the way someone's face looks that shows emotions and feelings

Full Definition of expression

  1. 1 a :  an act, process, or instance of representing in a medium (as words) :  utterance <freedom of expression> b (1) :  something that manifests, embodies, or symbolizes something else <this gift is an expression of my admiration for you> (2) :  a significant word or phrase (3) :  a mathematical or logical symbol or a meaningful combination of symbols (4) :  the detectable effect of a gene; also :  expressivity 1

  2. 2 a :  a mode, means, or use of significant representation or symbolism; especially :  felicitous or vivid indication or depiction of mood or sentiment <read the poem with expression> b (1) :  the quality or fact of being expressive (2) :  facial aspect or vocal intonation as indicative of feeling

  3. 3 :  an act or product of pressing out

ex·pres·sion·al play \-ˈspresh-nəl, -ˈspre-shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of expression

  1. Dance is a form of artistic expression.

  2. He uses some very odd expressions.

  3. The expression to make fun of means to ridicule.

  4. Judging from her expression, I think the gift was a complete surprise.

  5. We saw his expression change from angry to sad.

  6. She wore a smug expression.



15th Century

First Known Use of expression

15th century



EXPRESSION Defined for Kids

expression

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noun ex·pres·sion \ik-ˈspre-shən\

Definition of expression

  1. 1 :  the act or process of making known especially in words

  2. 2 :  a meaningful word or saying <Grandpa uses old-fashioned expressions.>

  3. 3 :  the look on someone's face <She had a pleased expression.>

  4. 4 :  a way of speaking, singing, or playing that shows mood or feeling <She read her lines with expression.>




Medical Dictionary

expression

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noun ex·pres·sion \ik-ˈspresh-ən\

Medical Definition of expression

  1. 1a:  something that manifests, represents, reflects, embodies, or symbolizes something else <the first clinical expression of a disease>b:  the detectable effect of a gene; also :  the sum of the processes (as transcription and translation) by which a gene is manifested in the phenotype <gene expression can be controlled by regulatory proteins that bind to specific sites on DNA—Mark Ptashne>:  expressivity

  2. 2:  facial aspect or vocal intonation as indicative of feeling

  3. 3:  an act or product of pressing out





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