[ UK /ɛkspɹˈɛʃən/ ]
[ US /ɪksˈpɹɛʃən/ ]
  1. expression without words
    the pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition
    tears are an expression of grief
  2. 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
  3. (genetics) the process of expressing a gene
  4. the feelings expressed on a person's face
    an angry face
    a sad expression
    a look of triumph
  5. a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement
  6. the act of forcing something out by squeezing or pressing
    the expression of milk from her breast
  7. the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions
    the idea was immediate but the verbalism took hours
    expressions of good will
    he helped me find verbal expression for my ideas
  8. a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations
    pardon the expression
  9. the style of expressing yourself
    his manner of expression showed how much he cared
    he suggested a better formulation
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How To Use expression In A Sentence

  • The argument behind x is not quantitative, and we do not have an expression for its expected value under a null isolation model.
  • And the prints represent Abstract Expressionism's entire stylistic range, from fast and visceral to cool and ethereal.
  • The old, merry Whiting looked sideways at Richard, then the round face assumed an expression of diffident humility for Mr. Hanks. Morgan’s Run
  • Her expression masked, she nodded toward the remaining stragglers veering toward their cars. Captured by Moonlight
  • _The Terrace at Berne_ has been already dealt with, but that mood for epicede, which was so frequent in Mr Arnold, finds in the _Carnac_ stanzas adequate, and in _A Southern Night_ consummate, expression. Matthew Arnold
  • Thus, transitive verbs in idiomatic expressions frequently will not passivize (the cowboy kicked the bucket, but not * the bucket was kicked by the cowboy). VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol III No 4
  • He was still very young, especially by Drow standards, but his smile had given way to an expression of restraint, and his little arms and legs had grown long and thick.
  • Matters went on pretty well with us until my master was seized with a severe fit of illness, in consequence of which his literary scheme was completely defeated, and his condition in life materially injured; of course, the glad tones of encouragement which I had been accustomed to hear were changed into expressions of condolence, and sometimes assurances of unabated friendship; but then it must be remembered that I, the handsomest blue coat, was _still in good condition_, and it will perhaps appear, that if I were not my master's The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 262, July 7, 1827
  • She listened some more and her expression grew serious. A Stitch Before Dying
  • She sat with rapt expression reading her book.
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