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EXPRESSION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does expression mean? 

EXPRESSION (noun)
  The noun EXPRESSION has 9 senses:

1. the feelings expressed on a person's face
2. expression without words
3. the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions
4. a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations
5. the style of expressing yourself
6. a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement
7. (genetics) the process of expressing a gene
8. a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit
9. the act of forcing something out by squeezing or pressing

  Familiarity information: EXPRESSION used as a noun is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXPRESSION (noun)


Sense 1expression [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The feelings expressed on a person's face

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

expression; look; face; facial expression; aspect

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("expression" is a kind of...):

countenance; visage (the appearance conveyed by a person's face)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "expression"):

leer (a suggestive or sneering look or grin)

light; spark; sparkle; twinkle (merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance)


Sense 2expression [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Expression without words

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

expression; reflexion; reflection; manifestation

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("expression" is a kind of...):

demo; demonstration (a visual presentation showing how something works)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "expression"):

lamentation; mourning (the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief)

act (a manifestation of insincerity)

blowup; ebullition; effusion; gush; outburst (an unrestrained expression of emotion)


Sense 3expression [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

verbalism; verbal expression; expression

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("expression" is a kind of...):

communicating; communication (the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "expression"):

congratulation; felicitation ((usually plural) an expression of pleasure at the success or good fortune of another)

cold turkey (a blunt expression of views)

articulation; voice (expressing in coherent verbal form)


Sense 4expression [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

locution; saying; expression

Context example:

pardon the expression

Hypernyms ("expression" is a kind of...):

language; oral communication; speech; speech communication; spoken communication; spoken language; voice communication ((language) communication by word of mouth)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "expression"):

southernism (a locution or pronunciation peculiar to the southern United States)

catchword; motto; shibboleth; slogan (a favorite saying of a sect or political group)

axiom; maxim (a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits)

epigram; quip (a witty saying)

adage; byword; proverb; saw (a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people)

idiom; idiomatic expression; phrasal idiom; phrase; set phrase (an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up)

agrapha (sayings of Jesus not recorded in the canonical Gospels)

anatomical; anatomical reference (an expression that relates to anatomy)

tongue twister (an expression that is difficult to articulate clearly)

shucks (an expression of disappointment or irritation)

dysphemism (an offensive or disparaging expression that is substituted for an inoffensive one)

euphemism (an inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive)

ambiguity (an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context)

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

calque; calque formation; loan translation (an expression introduced into one language by translating it from another language)

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

Beatitude (one of the eight sayings of Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount; in Latin each saying begins with 'beatus' (blessed))

sumpsimus (a correct expression that takes the place of a popular but incorrect expression)


Sense 5expression [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The style of expressing yourself

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

formulation; expression

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("expression" is a kind of...):

expressive style; style (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)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "expression"):

choice of words; diction; phraseology; phrasing; verbiage; wording (the manner in which something is expressed in words)

Anglicism; Briticism; Britishism (an expression that is limited to English as spoken by Englishmen (especially as contrasted with American English))

Americanism (an expression that is characteristic of English as spoken by Americans)

idiom; parlance (a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language)

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

boilerplate (standard formulations uniformly found in certain types of legal documents or news stories)

archaicism; archaism (the use of an archaic expression)

honorific (an expression of respect)

sentimentalism (a sentimental expression or idea)


Sense 6expression [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A group of symbols that make a mathematical statement

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

formula; expression

Hypernyms ("expression" is a kind of...):

mathematical statement (a statement of a mathematical relation)

Domain category:

math; mathematics; maths (a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "expression"):

exponential expression (a mathematical expression consisting of a constant (especially e) raised to some power)

primitive (a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived)

sentential function (formal expression containing variables; becomes a sentence when variables are replaced by constants)


Sense 7expression [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(genetics) the process of expressing a gene

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Hypernyms ("expression" is a kind of...):

biological process; organic process (a process occurring in living organisms)

Domain category:

genetic science; genetics (the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms)


Sense 8expression [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

grammatical construction; construction; expression

Context example:

I concluded from his awkward constructions that he was a foreigner

Hypernyms ("expression" is a kind of...):

constituent; grammatical constituent ((grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "expression"):

adjunct (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)

clause ((grammar) an expression including a subject and predicate but not constituting a complete sentence)

complement (a word or phrase used to complete a grammatical construction)

involution (a long and intricate and complicated grammatical construction)

phrase (an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence)

predicator (an expression that predicates)


Sense 9expression [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of forcing something out by squeezing or pressing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

the expression of milk from her breast

Hypernyms ("expression" is a kind of...):

squeeze; squeezing (the act of gripping and pressing firmly)


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