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expression (n.)

early 15c., expressioun, "action of pressing out;" later "action of manifesting a feeling;" "a putting into words" (mid-15c.); from Late Latin expressionem (nominative expressio) "expression, vividness," in classical Latin "a pressing out, a projection," noun of action from past-participle stem of exprimere "represent, describe," literally "press out" (see express (v.)). Meaning "an action or creation that expresses feelings" is from 1620s. Of the face, from 1774. Occasionally the word also was used literally, for "the action of squeezing out." Related: Expressional.

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Definitions of expression from WordNet

expression (n.)
the feelings expressed on a person's face;
a sad expression
Synonyms: look / aspect / facial expression / face
expression (n.)
expression without words;
tears are an expression of grief
Synonyms: manifestation / reflection / reflexion
expression (n.)
the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions;
expressions of good will
he helped me find verbal expression for my ideas
Synonyms: verbal expression / verbalism
expression (n.)
a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations;
pardon the expression
Synonyms: saying / locution
expression (n.)
the style of expressing yourself;
his manner of expression showed how much he cared
Synonyms: formulation
expression (n.)
a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement;
Synonyms: formula
expression (n.)
(genetics) the process of expressing a gene;
expression (n.)
a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit;
Synonyms: construction / grammatical construction
expression (n.)
the act of forcing something out by squeezing or pressing;
the expression of milk from her breast
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