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Dictionary Definition

express adj
1 not tacit or implied; "her express wish"
2 without unnecessary stops; "an express train"; "an express shipment"


1 rapid transport of goods [syn: expressage]
2 mail that is distributed by a rapid and efficient system [syn: express mail]
3 public transport consisting of a fast train or bus that makes a limited number of scheduled stops; "he caught the express to New York" [ant: local] adv : by express; "please send the letter express"


1 give expression to; "She showed her disappointment" [syn: show, evince]
2 articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise; "She expressed her anger"; "He uttered a curse" [syn: verbalize, verbalise, utter, give tongue to]
3 indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.; "Can you express this distance in kilometers?" [syn: state]
4 serve as a means for expressing something; "The painting of Mary carries motherly love"; "His voice carried a lot af anger" [syn: carry, convey]
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, extract]
7 send my rapid transport or special messenger service; "She expressed the letter to Florida"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a UK /ɛk.spɹɛs/ /Ek.sprEs/


  1. Moving or operating quickly, as a train not making local stops.
  2. 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.


moving or operating quickly
  • Finnish: pika-
specific or precise
truly depicted, exactly resembling
  • Finnish: ilmeinen


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




quick mode of transportation
  • Finnish: pikavuoro (bus), pikajuna (train)


  1. To convey meaning.
    Words cannot express the love I feel for him.
  2. To excrete or cause to excrete, especially said of milk.


to convey meaning
  • Finnish: ilmaista
  • Hungarian: kifejez, kijelent, kimond
to excrete or cause to excrete
  • Finnish: erittää
  • Hungarian: kinyom, kisajtol, kicsavar

Extensive Definition

Express may refer to:

Media and communication


  • "The Express" was the usual name for the York Factory Express, also known as the Columbia Express, a shipment of Hudson's Bay Company books and personnel between company HQ at York Factory and Columbia Department HQ at Fort Vancouver. The term was also used for an earlier run by the Northwest Company from Fort William on Lake Superior to Fort George (Astoria) at the mouth of the Columbia River.
  • An express train is a fast train service, usually with a limited number of stops.
  • The Chevrolet Express is a van built by Chevrolet.
  • Express Werke AG was a mid-20th century German bicycle and motorcycle manufacturer.
  • The Honda Express is a motor scooter brand by Honda developed in the 1980s.

Popular culture



  • Express (company) is a men's and women's clothing company.
  • EXPRESS (ISO 10303-11) is the data modeling language of STEP (ISO 10303).
  • In rock climbing "express" is the combination of a tube band sling and two carabiners at each side.
  • ExPRESS (Expedite the Processing of Experiments to the Space Station) is the name of an International Space Station payloads program, consisting of two types of subsystems:

See also

express in German: Express
express in Esperanto: Ekspreso
express in Italian: Espresso
express in Latvian: Express
express in Dutch: Express
express in Swedish: Express

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