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[n] the act of forcing something out by squeezing or pressing; "the expression of milk from her breast"
[n] the expression on a person's face; "a sad expression"; "a look of triumph"; "an angry face"
[n] 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"
[n] a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement
[n] expression without words; "tears are an expression of grief"; "the pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition"
[n] the style of expressing yourself; "he suggested a better formulation"; "his manner of expression showed how much he cared"
[n] the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions; "expressions of good will"; "he helped me find expression for my ideas"
[n] a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression"
[n] (genetics) the process of expressing a gene

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\Ex*pres"sion\ ([e^]ks*pr[e^]sh"[u^]n), n. [L. expressio: cf. F. expression.]
1. The act of expressing; the act of forcing out by pressure; as, the expression of juices or oils; also, of extorting or eliciting; as, a forcible expression of truth.
2. The act of declaring or signifying; declaration; utterance; as, an expression of the public will. With this tone of philosophy were mingled expressions of sympathy. --Prescott.
3. Lively or vivid representation of meaning, sentiment, or feeling, etc.; significant and impressive indication, whether by language, appearance, or gesture; that manner or style which gives life and suggestive force to ideas and sentiments; as, he reads with expression; her performance on the piano has expression. The imitators of Shakespeare, fixing their attention on his wonderful power of expression, have directed their imitation to this. --M. Arnold.
4. That which is expressed by a countenance, a posture, a work of art, etc.; look, as indicative of thought or feeling. ``The expression of an eye.''

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