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Meaning of express by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /ɛk.spɹɛs/ SAMPA: /Ek.sprEs/
    • Rhymes: -ɛs

    Etymology 1

    From French exprès, from Latin expressus, past participle of exprimere ( see Etymology 2, below ) .


    express ( comparative more express, superlative most express )

    1. Moving or operating quickly, as a train not making local stops .
    2. ( comparable ) Specific or precise .
      I gave him express instructions not to begin until I arrived, but he ignored me .
    3. Truly depicted; exactly resembling .
      In my eyes it bore a livelier image of the spirit, it seemed more express and single, than the imperfect and divided countenance .


    express ( plural: expresses )

    1. A mode of transportation, often a train, that travels quickly or directly .
      I took the express into town .

    Etymology 2

    From Old French espresser, expresser, from frequentative form of Latin exprimere .


    to express ( third-person singular simple present expresses present participle expressing, simple past and past participle expressed )

    1. ( transitive ) To convey or communicate; to make known or explicit .
      Words cannot express the love I feel for him .
    2. ( transitive ) To press, squeeze out ( especially said of milk ).
    3. ( biochemistry ) To translate messenger RNA into protein .
    4. ( biochemistry ) To transcribe deoxyribonucleic acid into messenger RNA .
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    express ( plural: expresses )

    1. ( obsolete ) The action of conveying some idea using words or actions; communication, expression.

Explanation of express by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. articulate

    2. She expressed her anger
    3. give expression to

    4. send by rapid transport or special messenger service

    5. She expressed the letter to Florida
    6. serve as a means for expressing something

    7. indicate through a symbol, formula, etc .

    8. Can you express this distance in kilometers?
    9. obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action

    10. Italians express coffee rather than filter it
    11. manifest the effects of ( a gene or genetic trait )

    12. Many of the laboratory animals express the trait
    1. by express

    2. please send the letter express
    1. not tacit or implied

    2. her express wish
    3. without unnecessary stops

    4. an express train
      an express shipment
    1. rapid transport of goods

    2. public transport consisting of a fast train or bus that makes only a few scheduled stops

    3. he caught the express to New York
    4. mail that is distributed by a rapid and efficient system

    Definition of express by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Express ( ĕksprĕs ), a. [F. exprès, 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 express5; makiung few or no intermediate stops; as, “an express stop; an express fare; an express elevator”.

      Express color. ( Law ) See the Note under Color, n., 8.

      Syn. -- Explicit; clear; unambiguous. See Explicit.

    2. Express, n. [Cf. F. exprès 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.
      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.

    3. Express, 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.

      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”,

      Syn. -- To declare; utter; signify; testify; intimate.