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[n] rapid transport of goods
[n] public transport consisting of a fast train or bus that makes a limited number of scheduled stops; "he caught the express to New York"
[n] mail that is distributed by a rapid and efficient system
[adv] by express; "please send the letter express"
[adj] not tacit or implied; "her express wish"
[adj] without unnecessary stops; "an express train"; "an express shipment"
[v] articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise; "She expressed her anger"; "He uttered a curse"
[v] give expression to; "She showed her disappointment"
[v] send my rapid transport or special messenger service; "She expressed the letter to Florida"
[v] serve as a means for expressing something; "The painting of Mary carries motherly love"; "His voice carried a lot af anger"
[v] indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.; "Can you express this distance in kilometers?"
[v] obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action; "Italians express coffee rather than filter it"
[v] manifest the effects of (a gene or genetic trait); "Many of the laboratory animals express the trait"



Misc. Definitions

\Ex*press"\ ([e^]ks*pr[e^]s"), a. [F. expr[`e]s, L. expressus, p. p. of exprimere to express; ex. out + premere To press. See {Press}.]
1. Exactly representing; exact. Their human countenance The express resemblance of the gods. --Milton.
2. Directly and distinctly stated; declared in terms; not implied or left to inference; made unambiguous by intention and care; clear; not dubious; as, express consent; an express statement. I have express commandment. --Shak.
3. Intended for a particular purpose; relating to an express; sent on a particular errand; dispatched with special speed; as, an express messenger or train. Also used adverbially. A messenger sent express from the other world. --Atterbury. {Express color}. (Law) See the Note under {Color}, n.,
8. Syn: Explicit; clear; unambiguous. See {Explicit}.
\Ex*press"\, n. [Cf. F. expr[`e]s a messenger.]
1. A clear image or representation; an expression; a plain declaration. [Obs.] The only remanent express of Christ's sacrifice on earth. --Jer. Taylor.
2. A messenger sent on a special errand; a courier; hence, a regular and fast conveyance; commonly, a company or system for the prompt and safe transportation of merchandise or parcels; also, a railway train for transporting passengers or goods with speed and punctuality.
3. An express office. She charged him . . . to ask at the express if anything came up from town. --E. E. Hale.
4. That which is sent by an express messenger or message. [Obs.] --Eikon Basilike. {Express office}, an office where packages for an express are received or delivered.
\Ex*press"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Expressed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Expressing}.] [Cf. OF. espresser, expresser, L. exprimere, expressum. See {Express}, a.; cf. {Sprain}.]
1. To press or squeeze out; as, to express the juice of grapes, or of apples; hence, to extort; to elicit. All the fruits out of which drink is expressed. --Bacon. And th'idle breath all utterly expressed. --Spenser. Halters and racks can not express from thee More than by deeds. --B. Jonson.
2. To make or offer a representation of; to show by a copy or likeness; to represent; to resemble. Each skillful artist shall express thy form. --E. Smith. So kids and whelps their sires and dams express. --Dryden.
3. To give a true impression of; to represent and make known; to manifest plainly; to show in general; to exhibit, as an opinion or feeling, by a look, gesture, and esp. by language; to declare; to utter; to tell. My words express my purpose. --Shak. They expressed in their lives those excellent doctrines of morality. --Addison.
4. To make known the opinions or feelings of; to declare what is in the mind of; to show (one's self); to cause to appear; -- used reflexively. Mr. Phillips did express with much indignation against me, one evening. --Pope.
5. To denote; to designate. Moses and Aaron took these men, which are expressed by their names. --Num. i. 1
6. To send by express messenger; to forward by special opportunity, or through the medium of an express; as, to express a package. Syn: To declare; utter; signify; testify; intimate.

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