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


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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French exprès, from Latin expressus, past participle of exprimere (see Etymology 2, below). (Wiktionary)
From Old French espresser, expresser, from frequentative form of Latin exprimere. (Wiktionary)



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