ex·pres·sion /ɪkˈsprɛʃən/ 名詞
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.”
It still wore the majesty of expression so conspicuous in his portraits by the inimitable pencil of Titian. --Prescott.
5. 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.
6. Math. The representation of any quantity or relation by appropriate characters or symbols, usually in a specific order.
Past expression, Beyond expression, beyond the power of description. “Beyond expression bright.”
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:
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; "I concluded from his
awkward constructions that he was a foreigner" [syn: construction,
grammatical construction] [ant: misconstruction]
9: the act of forcing something out by squeezing or pressing;
"the expression of milk from her breast"