expression

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French expression, from Late Latin expressiō, expressiōnem (a pressing out).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪkˈspɹɛʃ.ən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛʃən
  • Hyphenation: ex‧pres‧sion

Noun[edit]

expression (plural expressions)

  1. A particular way of phrasing an idea.
  2. A colloquialism or idiom.
    The expression "break a leg!" should not be taken literally.
  3. A facial appearance usually associated with an emotion.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 9, in The China Governess[1]:
      Eustace gaped at him in amazement. When his urbanity dropped away from him, as now, he had an innocence of expression which was almost infantile. It was as if the world had never touched him at all.
    • 1967, Sleigh, Barbara, Jessamy, 1993 edition, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, ISBN 0 340 19547 9, page 122:
      At any other time Jessamy would have laughed at the expressions that chased each other over his freckled face: crossness left over from his struggle with the baby; incredulity; distress; and finally delight.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:expression.
    They stared at the newcomer with a puzzled expression.
    The best poker players can tell if the opponents have a good hand by looking at their expression.
    Her expression changed from joy to misery after realising her winning lottery ticket had expired.
  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. (programming) A piece of code in a high-level language that returns a value.
  7. Of a mother, the process of expressing milk.
  8. A specific blend of whisky.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French expression, borrowed from Latin expressiō, expressiōnem (a pressing out).

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  • (file)

Noun[edit]

expression f (plural expressions)

  1. expression

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Interlingua[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin expressiō, expressiōnem (a pressing out).

Noun[edit]

expression (plural expressiones)

  1. expression

Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin expressiō, expressiōnem (a pressing out).

Noun[edit]

expression f (plural expressions)

  1. (Jersey) expression