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tr.v. ex·pressed, ex·press·ing, ex·press·es
a. To set forth in words; state: express an opinion.
b. To manifest or communicate, as by a gesture; show: expressed his anger with a frown. See Synonyms at voice.
c. To make known the feelings or opinions of (oneself), as by statement or art.
2. To convey or suggest a representation of; depict: The painting expresses the rage of war victims.
3. To represent by a sign, symbol, number, or formula: express a fraction as a decimal.
4. To squeeze or press out, as juice from an orange.
5. To send by special messenger or rapid transport: express a package to Los Angeles.
6. Genetics
a. To synthesize (a product, especially a protein) encoded by a gene: a gene that expresses an enzyme.
b. To manifest the effects of (a gene): Half of the people who inherit the gene express it.
c. To manifest (a genetic trait): All the mice in the study expressed the defect.
1. Definitely and explicitly stated: their express wish. See Synonyms at explicit.
2. Particular; specific: an express plan.
a. Rapid and having few or no stops or interruptions: express delivery of packages; an express bus.
b. Of, relating to, or appropriate for rapid travel: express lanes on a freeway.
c. Designed for use in an express rifle: an express bullet.
By express delivery or transport.
a. A rapid, efficient system for the delivery of goods and mail.
b. Goods and mail conveyed by such a system.
2. A means of transport, such as a train, that travels rapidly and makes few or no stops before its destination.
3. Chiefly British
a. A special messenger.
b. A message delivered by special courier.

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

ex·press′er n.
ex·press′i·ble adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.expressible - capable of being expressed; "an expressible emotion"
inexpressible, unexpressible - defying expression
References in classic literature ?
Sometimes, however, as in a lyric poem, the effect intended may be the rendering or creation of a mood, such as that of happy content, and in that case the poem may not have an easily expressible concrete theme.
Even when Caleb Garth was prosperous, the Vincys were on condescending terms with him and his wife, for there were nice distinctions of rank in Middlemarch; and though old manufacturers could not any more than dukes be connected with none but equals, they were conscious of an inherent social superiority which was defined with great nicety in practice, though hardly expressible theoretically.
Penrose's argument that physical systems are subject to elusive noncomputable laws yet to be discovered is unnecessary, since interaction is sufficiently expressive to describe physical phenomena, like action at a distance, nondeterminism, and chaos [9], that Penrose cites as examples of physical behavior not expressible by computers.
In his chapter on 'The Origin of the Sonnet', Heninger argues that the relationship between octave and sestet, because expressible as the mathematical ratio 4 : 3, was designed to encode a message about the benignity of Providence (four, the number of the earth, yielding place to three, the number of divinity).
Here, as in all the dances, Nicholas Cavallaro's sensitive lighting added a dimension not expressible in words.
This is perhaps a too obvious point, but the mass media determines the parameters of public debate, what Noam Chomsky calls "the bounds of the expressible.
That what is expressible at all is capable of being expressed more than once means that an act of expression consists, partly if not fully, in tokening what is expressed.
Thus the question of comparing a work of Plato's to something by Aristotle or Aquinas or Marx is not a matter of measurement in any literal sense but rather a matter of judgment of intellectual worth; whereas the comparison of one text to another is indeed expressible in quantitative terms - e.
My own assumptions are humanistic, based on the view that a central part of reality for people everywhere lies in the existence of human individuals in their social matrix, and that it is comprehensible only by human cognition and expressible only in human language.
All we need in addition, in order to get visual arguments from propositions expressed visually ("visual propositions"), is for it to be possible to communicate visually the functions of the propositions, so that it can be communicated that some visual propositions are intended as claims and others as reasons for those claims - or that some visual propositions are intended as reasons for unexpressed but expressible claims.
But in so doing, we should not forget that Ruskin had more than a debating point: the phenomenal essence of architecture is still in many ways very ancient and only expressible in the roughness of brick, the smell of wood, the smoothness of polished concrete, the view of the skyline from a window, the comfort of enclosure.
And neither of these concepts corresponds to an attribute of elementary matter or is expressible in terms of physical variables" (p.