from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To set forth in words; state.
  • transitive v. To manifest or communicate, as by a gesture; show. See Synonyms at vent1.
  • transitive v. To make known the feelings or opinions of (oneself), as by statement or art.
  • transitive v. To convey or suggest a representation of; depict: The painting expresses the rage of war victims.
  • transitive v. To represent by a sign or a symbol; symbolize: express a fraction as a decimal.
  • transitive v. To squeeze or press out, as juice from an orange.
  • transitive v. To send by special messenger or rapid transport: express a package to Los Angeles.
  • transitive v. Genetics To cause (itself) to produce an effect or a phenotype. Used of a gene: The gene expressed itself under specific environmental conditions.
  • transitive v. Genetics To manifest the effects of (a gene): Half of the people who inherit the gene express it.
  • transitive v. Genetics To manifest (a genetic trait): All the mice in the study expressed the defect.
  • adj. Definitely and explicitly stated: their express wish. See Synonyms at explicit.
  • adj. Particular; specific: an express plan.
  • adj. Sent out with or moving at high speed.
  • adj. Direct, rapid, and usually nonstop: express delivery of packages; an express bus.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or appropriate for rapid travel: express lanes on a freeway.
  • adv. By express delivery or transport.
  • n. A rapid, efficient system for the delivery of goods and mail.
  • n. Goods and mail conveyed by such a system.
  • n. A means of transport, such as a train, that travels rapidly and makes few or no stops before its destination.
  • n. Chiefly British A special messenger.
  • n. Chiefly British A message delivered by special courier.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Moving or operating quickly, as a train not making local stops.
  • adj. Specific or precise.
  • adj. Truly depicted; exactly resembling.
  • n. A mode of transportation, often a train, that travels quickly or directly.
  • n. An express rifle.
  • v. To convey or communicate; to make known or explicit.
  • v. To press, squeeze out (especially said of milk).
  • v. To translate messenger RNA into protein.
  • v. To transcribe deoxyribonucleic acid into messenger RNA.
  • n. The action of conveying some idea using words or actions; communication, expression.
  • n. A specific statement or instruction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Exactly representing; exact.
  • adj. Directly and distinctly stated; declared in terms; not implied or left to inference; made unambiguous by intention and care; clear; not dubious
  • adj. Intended for a particular purpose; relating to an express; sent on a particular errand; dispatched with special speed. Also used adverbially.
  • adj. of or pertaining to an express train or other conveyance designated an express{5}; makiung few or no intermediate stops.
  • n. A clear image or representation; an expression; a plain declaration.
  • n. 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.
  • n. An express office.
  • n. That which is sent by an express messenger or message.
  • n. a railway train or bus for transporting passengers or goods with speed and punctuality; a train or bus that does not stop at certain stations. Contrasted to local.
  • transitive v. To press or squeeze out; ; hence, to extort; to elicit.
  • transitive v. To make or offer a representation of; to show by a copy or likeness; to represent; to resemble.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To denote; to designate.
  • transitive v. To send by express messenger; to forward by special opportunity, or through the medium of an express.
  • transitive v. to produce products that cause the appearance of the corresponding phenotype; -- of a gene or of an organism with a specific gene;

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To press or squeeze out; force out by pressure: as, to express the juice of grapes or of apples.
  • To extort; elicit.
  • To manifest or exhibit by speech, appearance, or action; make known in any way, but especially by spoken or written words.
  • Reflexively, to utter one's thoughts; make known one's opinions or feelings: as, to express one's self properly.
  • To manifest in semblance; constitute a copy or resemblance of; be like; resemble.
  • To represent or show by imitation or the imitative arts; form a likeness of, as in painting or sculpture.
  • To denote; designate.
  • To send express; despatch by express; forward by special opportunity or through the medium of an express: as, to express a letter, a package, or merchandise.
  • Clearly made known; distinctly expressed or indicated; unambiguous; explicit; direct; plain: as, express terms; an express interference.
  • Distinctly like; closely representative; bearing an exact resemblance.
  • Distinctly adapted or suitable; particular; exact; precise: as, he made express provision for my comfort.
  • Special; used or employed for a particular purpose; specially quick or direct: as, express haste; an express messenger.
  • n. A clear or distinct declaration, expression, or manifestation.
  • n. A particular or special message or despatch sent by a messenger.
  • n. A messenger sent on a particular errand or occasion; usually, a courier sent to communicate information of an important event, or to deliver important despatches.
  • n. Any regular provision made for the speedy transmission of messages, parcels, commissions, and the like; a vehicle or other conveyance sent on a special message; specifically, an organization of means for safe and speedy transmission of merchandise, etc., or a railway passenger-train which travels at a specially high rate of speed, stopping only at principal stations: as, the American and European Express; to travel by express.
  • n. The name of a modern sporting-rifle, a modification of the Winchester model of 1876.
  • Expressly; distinctly; plainly.
  • Specially; for a particular purpose.
  • As an express—that is, with special swiftness or expedition; post-haste; post: as, to travel express.
  • In mathematics, to give or represent by means of a figure, graph, symbol, or function.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action
  • n. mail that is distributed by a rapid and efficient system
  • adj. without unnecessary stops
  • adv. by express
  • v. serve as a means for expressing something
  • v. indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.
  • v. send by rapid transport or special messenger service
  • v. manifest the effects of (a gene or genetic trait)
  • v. give expression to
  • n. rapid transport of goods
  • v. articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise
  • n. public transport consisting of a fast train or bus that makes only a few scheduled stops
  • adj. not tacit or implied


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English expressen, from Old French expresser, from Medieval Latin expressāre, frequentative of Latin exprimere : ex-, ex- + premere, to press; see per-4 in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French exprès, from Latin expressus, past participle of exprimere (see Etymology 2, below).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French espresser, expresser, from frequentative form of Latin exprimere.



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