expression has definitions from the fields of grammar,linguistics,mathematics,biology
[ noun ] the expression on a person's face


"a sad expression" "a look of triumph" "an angry face"

Used in print

(Christopher Davis, First Family....)

Scotty 's father sat sprawled in his chair , angular , alert as a cricket , looking about at the huge stainless-steel appointments of the room with an expression of proprietorship .

(Robert Penn Warren, Wilderness....)

He wondered what expression , as he made that gesture , was on his face .

(Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy....)

Even_though he would later be resurrected , he was at this moment dead indeed , the expression on his face reflecting what he had gone_through on the cross .

In_particular he sought the gentle , sweet-faced nuns , with head_coverings and veils coming to the middle of their foreheads , remembering their expressions until he reached home and set them down on paper .

(John Dos Passos, Midcentury....)

Oval face without an expression in_the_world .

Related terms

countenance sparkle leer look

[ noun ] expression without words


"tears are an expression of grief" "the pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition"

Used in print

(The Rev. John A. O'Brien, "Let's Take Birth Control...)

There is general_agreement also that sex union between husbands and wives as an expression of mutual_affection without relation_to procreation is right '' .

(Gibson Winter, The Suburban Captivity of the...)

It could be argued that any fellowship which centers in residential neighborhoods is doomed to become an expression of the panic for stable identity among the middle_classes .

Attention will be given in the next chapter to the style of association in the denominational churches ; this style is characteristically an expression of the communal style of the middle_classes .

(John F. Hayward, "Mimesis and Symbol in the Arts"...)

I have chosen to use the word `` mimesis '' in its Christian rather than its classic implications and to discover in the concrete forms of both art and myth powers of theological expression which , as in the Christian mind , are the direct consequence of involvement in historical experience , which are not reserved , as in the Greek mind , only to moments of theoretical reflection .

(Newton Stallknecht, "Ideas and Literature," in Newton S...)

It is true that this distinction between style and idea often approaches the arbitrary since in_the_end we must admit that style and content frequently influence or interpenetrate one another and sometimes appear as expressions of the same insight .

[ noun ] the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions


"expressions of good will" "he helped me find expression for my ideas"

Used in print

(Edward E. Kelly, S.J., "Christian Unity in England"...)

Nowhere have I seen public expression of anti-Catholicism .

(Tristram P. Coffin, "Folklore in the American Twentieth...)

It has come to mean myths , legends , tales , songs , proverbs , riddles , superstitions , rhymes and such literary forms of expression .

(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)

Many aspects of civilization were not_yet sufficiently crystallized to find expression , nor could the simple economic and social foundations of this world support a lofty structure .

(J. H. Hexter, "Thomas More: On the Margins...)

That a writer who is gay cannot be serious is a common professional illusion , sedulously fostered by all_too many academics who mistakenly believe that their frivolous efforts should be taken seriously because they are expressed with that dreary solemnity which is the only mode of expression their authors are capable of .

(Gerald Green, The Heartless Light....)

Skopas expressed no curiosity over the case , offered no expression of sympathy , made no move to escort McFeeley to the door .

[ noun ] a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations


locution saying


"pardon the expression"

Used in print

(Brand Blanshard, "The Emotive Theory," Robert...)

It removes our present expression and shows that the badness we meant would not be affected by this , whereas on positivist grounds it should be .

(Philip Jos‚ Farmer, The Lovers....)

Fortunately , gender was inflected , though the expression of it would be difficult for anybody not born in Siddo .

[ noun ] the style of expressing yourself




"he suggested a better formulation" "his manner of expression showed how much he cared"

Used in print

(Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy....)

Here he would have free expression because the material could be moved to distort forms .

[ noun ] (mathematics) a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement



Used in print

(James A. Ibers et al., "Proton magnetic resonance...)

The general theory of resonance shifts is used to derive a general expression for the second_moment **f of a polycrystalline paramagnetic sample and is specialized to **f .

(Kenneth Hoffman and Ray Kunze, Linear Al...)

Since N and N ' are both nilpotent and they commute , the operator * * f is nilpotent ; for , using the fact that N and N ' commute * * f and so when r is sufficiently large every term in this expression for * * f will be 0 .

It then follows that * * f is large enough , but this is not obvious from the above expression . )

(Frederick Mosteller et al., Probability with...)

The set of all binomial_distributions is called the family of binomial_distributions , but in general discussions this expression is often shortened to `` the binomial_distribution '' , or even `` the binomial '' when the context is clear .

[ noun ] (genetics) the process of expressing a gene

Related terms

organic_process genetics

[ noun ] the act of forcing something out by squeezing or pressing


"the expression of milk from her breast"

Related terms

squeeze press_out

[ noun ] (grammar,linguistics) 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"