Express 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. [1913 Webster]

All the fruits out of which drink is expressed. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

And th'idle breath all utterly expressed. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Halters and racks can not express from thee More than by deeds. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

2. To make or offer a representation of; to show by a copy or likeness; to represent; to resemble. [1913 Webster]

Each skillful artist shall express thy form. --E. Smith. [1913 Webster]

So kids and whelps their sires and dams express. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

My words express my purpose. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

They expressed in their lives those excellent doctrines of morality. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Mr. Phillips did express with much indignation against me, one evening. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

5. To denote; to designate. [1913 Webster]

Moses and Aaron took these men, which are expressed by their names. --Num. i. 17. [1913 Webster]

6. To send by express messenger; to forward by special opportunity, or through the medium of an express; as, to express a package.

7. (Genetics) to produce products that cause the appearance of the corresponding phenotype; -- of a gene or of an organism with a specific gene; as, to express the beta-galactosidase gene, [PJC]

Syn: To declare; utter; signify; testify; intimate. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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