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Definition 1: the act of forcing something out by squeezing or pressing - [noun denoting act]

Samples where expression or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the expression of milk from her breast

(expression is a kind of ...) the act of gripping and pressing firmly

"he gave her cheek a playful squeeze"

Definition 2: the feelings expressed on a person's face - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where expression or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for expression in the sense of this definition

(expression is a kind of ...) the appearance conveyed by a person's face

"a pleasant countenance" "a stern visage"

(... is a kind of expression ) a suggestive or sneering look or grin

(... is a kind of expression ) merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance

"he had a sparkle in his eye" "there's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes"

Definition 3: a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where expression or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • pardon the expression

Synonyms for expression in the sense of this definition

(expression is a kind of ...) (language) communication by word of mouth

"his speech was garbled" "he uttered harsh language" "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"

(... is a kind of expression ) one of the eight sayings of Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount; in Latin each saying begins with `beatus' (blessed)

"her favorite Beatitude is `Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth'"

(... is a kind of expression ) a locution or pronunciation peculiar to the southern United States

(... is a kind of expression ) a favorite saying of a sect or political group

(... is a kind of expression ) a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits

(... is a kind of expression ) a witty saying

(... is a kind of expression ) a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people

(... is a kind of expression ) an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up

(... is a kind of expression ) sayings of Jesus not recorded in the canonical Gospels

(... is a kind of expression ) an expression that relates to anatomy

(... is a kind of expression ) an expression that is difficult to articulate clearly

"`rubber baby buggy bumper' is a tongue twister"

(... is a kind of expression ) an expression of disappointment or irritation

(... is a kind of expression ) an offensive or disparaging expression that is substituted for an inoffensive one

"his favorite dysphemism was to ask for axle grease when he wanted butter"

(... is a kind of expression ) an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh

(... is a kind of expression ) an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context

(... is a kind of expression ) a legal expression in the United States Constitution that allows the Senate to constrain the President's powers of appointment and treaty-making

(... is a kind of expression ) an expression introduced into one language by translating it from another language

"`superman' is a calque for the German `Ubermensch'"

(... is a kind of expression ) a saying of Jesus that is regarded as authentic although it is not recorded in the Gospels

(... is a kind of expression ) a correct expression that takes the place of a popular but incorrect expression

"he preferred his erroneous but pleasing mumpsimus to the correct sumpsimus"

Definition 4: the style of expressing yourself - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where expression or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for expression in the sense of this definition

(expression is a kind of ...) a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period

"all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper"

(... is a kind of expression ) the excessive expression of tender feelings, nostalgia, or sadness in any form

(... is a kind of expression ) an expression that is used in Great Britain (especially as contrasted with American English)

(... is a kind of expression ) an expression that is characteristic of English as spoken by Americans

(... is a kind of expression ) a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language

(... is a kind of expression ) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

(... is a kind of expression ) standard formulations uniformly found in certain types of legal documents or news stories

(... is a kind of expression ) the use of an archaic expression

(... is a kind of expression ) an expression of respect

"the Japanese use many honorifics"

(... is a kind of expression ) the manner in which something is expressed in words

"use concise military verbiage"

Definition 5: expression without words - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where expression or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for expression in the sense of this definition

(expression is a kind of ...) a visual presentation showing how something works

"the lecture was accompanied by dramatic demonstrations" "the lecturer shot off a pistol as a demonstration of the startle response"

(... is a kind of expression ) the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief

(... is a kind of expression ) a manifestation of insincerity

"he put on quite an act for her benefit"

(... is a kind of expression ) an unrestrained expression of emotion

Definition 6: a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for expression in the sense of this definition

(expression is a kind of ...) a statement of a mathematical relation

(... is a kind of expression ) formal expression containing variables; becomes a sentence when variables are replaced by constants

(... is a kind of expression ) a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived

(... is a kind of expression ) a mathematical expression consisting of a constant (especially e) raised to some power

(expression belongs to category ...) a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement

Definition 7: the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where expression or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • expressions of good will
  • he helped me find verbal expression for my ideas
  • the idea was immediate but the verbalism took hours

Synonyms for expression in the sense of this definition

(expression is a kind of ...) the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information

"they could not act without official communication from Moscow"

(... is a kind of expression ) expressing in coherent verbal form

"the articulation of my feelings" "I gave voice to my feelings"

(... is a kind of expression ) a blunt expression of views

"I told him cold turkey"

(... is a kind of expression ) (usually plural) an expression of pleasure at the success or good fortune of another

"I sent them my sincere congratulations on their marriage"

Definition 8: a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where expression or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I concluded from his awkward constructions that he was a foreigner

Synonyms for expression in the sense of this definition

(expression is a kind of ...) (grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction

(... is a kind of expression ) a construction that can be used to extend the meaning of a word or phrase but is not one of the main constituents of a sentence

(... is a kind of expression ) (grammar) an expression including a subject and predicate functioning as a part of a complex sentence

(... is a kind of expression ) a word or phrase used to complete a grammatical construction

(... is a kind of expression ) a long and intricate and complicated grammatical construction

(... is a kind of expression ) an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence

(... is a kind of expression ) an expression that predicates

Definition 9: (genetics) the process of expressing a gene - [noun denoting process]

(expression is a kind of ...) a process occurring in living organisms

(expression belongs to category ...) the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms

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