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Definition of the noun expression

What does expression mean as a name of something?

Expression is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: expressions

  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
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of expression: construction / grammatical construction
    • more generic terms: constituent / grammatical constituent = a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction
    • more specific words:
      • 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 = an expression including a subject and predicate functioning as a part of a complex 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
  9. the act of forcing something out by squeezing or pressing
    • example: the expression of milk from her breast
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: squeeze / squeezing = the act of gripping and pressing firmly

Alternative definition of the noun expression


  1. A particular way of phrasing an idea.
  2. A colloquialism or idiom.
  3. A facial appearance usually associated with an emotion.
  4. [mathematics] An arrangement of symbols denoting values, operations performed on them, and grouping symbols.
  5. [biology] The process of translating a gene into a protein.
  6. [context: programming] A piece of code in a high-level language that returns a value.
  7. Of a mother, the process of expressing milk.


  1. "Expression" is an album by jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. The title track was Coltrane's last studio recording; the rest of the album was recorded at about the same time as Interstellar Space. "To Be" features Coltrane on flute, the only recording he made on the instrument for an entire track. Expression was the last studio album to be approved for release by Coltrane before his death in July 1967, and was released in September 1967.
    • genre: Jazz
    • released in (48 years ago)
  2. "Expression" is a musical album of Ana Rucner.
    • released on
  3. "Expression" is a musical album of Les Frères Jacques.
    • also known as Les Frères Jacques, Volume 1
    • released in (27 years ago)
  4. "Expression" is a composition.
  5. "Expression" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  6. "Expression" is a musical album of Frida Boccara.
  7. "Expression" is a musical album of Mystère Trio.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  8. "Expression" is a musical album of AKANE.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  9. "Expression" is a musical album of DA PUMP.
  10. "Expression" is a musical album of Anne Sylvestre.


  1. Expression: In mathematics, an expression is a finite combination of symbols that is well-formed according to rules that depend on the context. Mathematical symbols can designate numbers, variables, operations, functions, punctuation, grouping, and other aspects of logical syntax.
    • also known as Kifejezés, Výraz
  2. Expression: An expression in a programming language is a combination of explicit values, constants, variables, operators, and functions that are interpreted according to the particular rules of precedence and of association for a particular programming language, which computes and then produces another value. This process, like for mathematical expressions, is called evaluation. The value can be of various types, such as numerical, string, and logical.
    • also known as 式子, 運算式
  3. Expression is the lead single released from Salt-n-Pepa's third album, Blacks' Magic. The song was both written and produced by member Cheryl "Salt" James.
  4. Expression: In sign languages, expression refers to distinctive body postures and facial expressions that accompany signing, and which are necessary to properly form words. Expression is one of five components of a sign, along with handshape, orientation, location, and movement. A major component of expression is mouthing. However, not all signs have an inherent expression.
  5. Expression a.k.a. Expression Crew is a South Korean b-boying crew that is famous for winning Battle of the Year 2002, making it the first ever Korean crew to win the title. The crew is also famous for its "Marionette" performance, a show it used to tour around the world performing.

Phrases with Expression

  1. Expression of Interest
  2. S-Expression
  3. gene expression
  4. self-expression
  5. slang expression
  6. facial expression
  7. Lambda Expression
  8. verbal expression
  9. Regular expression
  10. turn of expression
  11. indirect expression
  12. Symbolic Expression
  13. idiomatic expression
  14. Simplified Expression
  15. exponential expression
  16. parenthetical expression

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Expression

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Google previewPolitical Compassion (2015)

by Mohanad Hadid

Expression is the strongest instinct in human nature. What is the purpose of expression and...

Expression is a manifestation of the human drive through the body, feelings, and ideas. It is energy being released to recreate to external reality ...

Google previewElements of Algebra (1885)

by George Albert Wentworth

An algebraic expression is any number written in algebraic symbols. Thus, 8 c is the algebraic expression for...

Google previewShorter Course in Algebra (1894)

by George Albert Wentworth

An algebraic expression is any number written in algebraic symbols. Thus, 8 c is the algebraic expression for 8...

Google previewSummulae de Dialectica (2001)

by Jean Buridan, Gyula Klima

An expression is a conventionally significative utterance the parts of which signify something separately. Here the whole phrase 'the parts of which signify something separately' is provided so as to exclude the name and the verb, and the ...

Google previewExcel VBA Programming For Dummies (2013)

by John Walkenbach

For example, the following expression refers to cell C2 on Sheet2: Worksheets(" Sheet2").Cells(2, 3) You can also use the Cells property to refer to a multi-cell range. The following example demonstrates the syntax you use: Range(Cells(1, 1), ...

Google previewThe Deleuze Dictionary Revised Edition (2010)

by Adrian Parr

EXPRESSION 95 combinations and relations and forming powers, is biological and political, and often involves experientially discovering how to dissolve the bounda- ries of the ego or self in order to open flows of intensity, 'continuums and ...

Google previewElgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, Second Edition (2012)

by J. M. Smits

The expression 'common law' has a variety of meanings, but in the context of comparative law it is usually used to denominate the legal family or tradition associated with Anglo-American legal systems. In fact care must still be taken. First, the ...

Google previewThe Relational Database Dictionary, Extended Edition (2008)

by Christopher Date

If on the other hand it denotes the value of the variable, then it can be regarded as an invocation of a read-only operator—and hence as a special case of an expression, q.v.—where the read-only operator in question is essentially “return the ...

Google previewThe Drama Dictionary (1998)

by Terry Hodgson

Facial expression. An important means of dramatic communication, especially in modern 'head dominated' psychological theatre. Actors may obviously transmit what the character thinks and feels by means of the play of facial muscles and the ...

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Quotes about Expression

Music is expression of harmony in sound. Love is the expression of harmony in life. (Stephen)
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Scrabble value of E1X8P3R1E1S1S1I1O1N1

The value of this 10-letter word is 19 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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