(comparative more expressible, superlative most expressible)
- Able to be expressed.
Variant of express
- to press out or squeeze out (juice, etc.)
- to get by pressure; elicit by force; extort
- to put into words; represent by language; state
- to make known; reveal; show: his face expressed sorrow
- to show (a genetic trait)
- to picture, represent, or symbolize in music, art, etc.
- to show by sign; symbolize; signify: the sign + expresses addition
- ☆ to send by express
Origin of expressMiddle English expressen ; from Medieval Latin expressare ; from Classical Latin expressus, past participle of exprimere, to express, literally , force out ; from ex-, out + premere: see press
- expressed and not implied; explicit: to give express orders
- specific: his express reason for going
- exact: she is the express image of her aunt
- made for or suited to a special purpose: express regulations
Origin of expressorig., for the express purpose of running to one station fast, direct, and making few stops: an express train
- characterized by speed or velocity; specif.,
- for fast driving: an express highway
- high-speed: an express bullet
- for high-speed projectiles: an express rifle
- having to do with railway express, pony express, etc.
Origin of expressME & OFr expres < L expressus
- Chiefly Brit.
- a special messenger; courier
- a message delivered by such a messenger; dispatch sent swiftly
- an express train, bus, elevator, etc.
- an express rifle
- the pony express
- a method or service for transporting goods or sending money or mail rapidly, but at extra cost
- the goods transported or money sent by express
- a business concern operating such a service
- any method or means of swift transmission
- to state one's thoughts
- to give expression to one's feelings, imagination, etc., in creative or artistic activity