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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Express \Ex*press"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Expressed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Expressing}.] [Cf. OF. espresser, expresser, L. exprimere, expressum. See {Express}, adjective; 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. 17.

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Express \Ex*press"\, noun [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.

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.

5. 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}; as, take the express to get there faster.

Syn: express train. [PJC]

{Express office}, an office where packages for an express are received or delivered.

{Express train}, a railway train (such as a subway train) that does not stop at certain stations, but only at stations designated express stops.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Express \Ex*press"\ ([e^]ks*pr[e^]s"), adjective [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.

2. of or pertaining to an {express train} or other conveyance designated an express[5]; makiung few or no intermediate stops; as, an express stop; an express fare; an express elevator. [PJC]

{Express color}. (Law) See the Note under {Color}, noun, 8.

Syn: Explicit; clear; unambiguous. See {Explicit}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: by express; "please send the letter express"


1: not tacit or implied; "her express wish"

2: without unnecessary stops; "an express train"; "an express shipment"


1: mail that is distributed by a rapid and efficient system [syn: {express}, {express mail}]

2: public transport consisting of a fast train or bus that makes only a few scheduled stops; "he caught the express to New York" [syn: {express}, {limited}] [ant: {local}]

3: rapid transport of goods [syn: {express}, {expressage}]


1: give expression to; "She showed her disappointment" [syn: {express}, {show}, {evince}]

2: articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise; "She expressed her anger"; "He uttered a curse" [syn: {express}, {verbalize}, {verbalise}, {utter}, {give tongue to}]

3: serve as a means for expressing something; "The painting of Mary carries motherly love"; "His voice carried a lot of anger" [syn: {carry}, {convey}, {express}]

4: indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.; "Can you express this distance in kilometers?" [syn: {express}, {state}]

5: manifest the effects of (a gene or genetic trait); "Many of the laboratory animals express the trait"

6: obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action; "Italians express coffee rather than filter it" [syn: {press out}, {express}, {extract}]

7: send by rapid transport or special messenger service; "She expressed the letter to Florida"

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