What does expression mean?

Definitions for expression
ɪkˈsprɛʃ ənex·pres·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. expression, look, aspect, facial expression, facenoun

    the feelings expressed on a person's face

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

  2. expression, manifestation, reflection, reflexionnoun

    expression without words

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

  3. expression, verbal expression, verbalismnoun

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

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

  4. saying, expression, locutionnoun

    a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations

    "pardon the expression"

  5. formulation, expressionnoun

    the style of expressing yourself

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

  6. formula, expressionnoun

    a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement

  7. expressionnoun

    (genetics) the process of expressing a gene

  8. construction, grammatical construction, expressionnoun

    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"

  9. expressionnoun

    the act of forcing something out by squeezing or pressing

    "the expression of milk from her breast"


  1. Expressionnoun

    (Genetics) the production of products by a gene that cause the appearance of the corresponding protein or phenotype; -- of a gene or of an organism with a specific gene; as, the expression the beta-galactosidase positive phenotype,

    Etymology: [L. expressio: cf. F. expression.]

  2. Expressionnoun

    (Computers) a combination of characters linked by operators, occurring as part of the code of a computer program, which must be evaluated according to the rules of the computer language in order to produce a resulting value.

    Etymology: [L. expressio: cf. F. expression.]

  3. Expressionnoun

    (Math.) The representation of any quantity or relation by appropriate characters or symbols, usually in a specific order.

    Etymology: [L. expressio: cf. F. expression.]


  1. expressionnoun

    A particular way of phrasing an idea.

  2. expressionnoun

    A colloquialism or idiom.

    The expression "break a leg!" should not be taken literally.

  3. expressionnoun

    A facial appearance usually associated with an emotion.

  4. expressionnoun

    An arrangement of symbols denoting values, operations performed on them, and grouping symbols.

  5. expressionnoun

    The process of translating a gene into a protein.

  6. expressionnoun

    A piece of code in a high-level language that returns a value.

  7. expressionnoun

    Of a mother, the process of expressing milk.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Expressionnoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. expressio: cf. F. expression.]

  2. Expressionnoun

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

    Etymology: [L. expressio: cf. F. expression.]

  3. Expressionnoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. expressio: cf. F. expression.]

  4. Expressionnoun

    that which is expressed by a countenance, a posture, a work of art, etc.; look, as indicative of thought or feeling

    Etymology: [L. expressio: cf. F. expression.]

  5. Expressionnoun

    a form of words in which an idea or sentiment is conveyed; a mode of speech; a phrase; as, a common expression; an odd expression

    Etymology: [L. expressio: cf. F. expression.]

  6. Expressionnoun

    the representation of any quantity by its appropriate characters or signs

    Etymology: [L. expressio: cf. F. expression.]


  1. Expression

    In mathematics, an expression is a finite combination of symbols that is well-formed according to rules that depend on the context. Symbols can designate numbers, variables, operations, functions, and other mathematical symbols, as well as punctuation, symbols of grouping, and other syntactic symbols. The use of expressions can range from the simple: to the complex: We can think of algebraic expressions as generalizations of common arithmetic operations that are formed by combining numbers, variables, and mathematical operations. Some common examples follow: Linear expression: . Quadratic expression: . Rational expression: . Strings of symbols that violate the rules of syntax are not well-formed and are not valid mathematical expressions. For example: would not be considered a mathematical expression but only a meaningless jumble. In algebra an expression may be used to designate a value, which might depend on values assigned to variables occurring in the expression; the determination of this value depends on the semantics attached to the symbols of the expression. These semantic rules may declare that certain expressions do not designate any value; such expressions are said to have an undefined value, but they are well-formed expressions nonetheless. In general the meaning of expressions is not limited to designating values; for instance, an expression might designate a condition, or an equation that is to be solved, or it can be viewed as an object in its own right that can be manipulated according to certain rules. Certain expressions that designate a value simultaneously express a condition that is assumed to hold, for instance those involving the operator to designate an internal direct sum.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. expression

    1. That mode of creation by which we coin things out of our hearts. (Nothing is of any value except that which you create for yourself, and no joy is joy save as it is the joy of self-expression.) 2. Mind speaking through its highest instrument, Man.

Editors Contribution

  1. expression

    The act and ability to express data, ideas, information, facts and statistics easily, effectively and efficiently.

    Self expression is a valued human ability and gift we really value.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 3, 2020  
  2. expression

    The act and ability to express how we feel, what we know and understand easily, effectively and efficiently.

    Our expression of our love, unity, passion and determination for the optimum health and shared prosperity of all on planet earth is so visible to us all.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 9, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'expression' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1349

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'expression' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3241

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'expression' in Nouns Frequency: #541

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of expression in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of expression in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of expression in a Sentence

  1. Debbie Allen:

    We are all trying to heal, whether we have this virus right now or not. We are connected -- every last one of us, everyone knows somebody that has it. Everyone is in a community that is threatened by it. There's not place on this planet that is free of it. So this dance is an expression of joy and freedom and self-will. You are willing yourself to be powerful and you are willing yourself to breathe and be free and to face any challenge.

  2. D. H. Lawrence:

    How beautiful maleness is, if it finds its right expression.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    Writing for an expression of own feelings/emotion reduces stress, but on an expectation of remuneration/appreciation for it increases distress in life.

  4. Paul Callan:

    Even good defamation cases are hard to win in court, because of the discovery involved and proving actual damages. But this case, I think, is going to be extraordinarily difficult, the defense will be that this is simply an expression of opinion by the President, which he's allowed to express, and that is considered non-defamatory under defamation law.

  5. Andrew Bates:

    We appreciate this expression of bipartisan support for our evacuation efforts in Afghanistan, which is now one of the most large-scale and effective airlift operations in history and has gotten over 75,000 people out of the country, the American people know well that the federal government is responsible for many priorities at once. And The American people never expect The American people leaders to ignore crucial issues like, in this case, creating jobs, rebuilding our infrastructure and bringing down prices -- including the cost of prescription drugs.

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    • A. troop
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    • C. mediocrity
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