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  2  definitions  found 
 
  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  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  expression 
  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: 
  {formula}] 
  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}] 




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