Definition of Facial expression

1. Noun. A gesture executed with the facial muscles.

Exact synonyms: Facial Gesture
Specialized synonyms: Emoticon, Gape, Face, Grimace, Frown, Scowl, Grin, Grinning, Smile, Smiling, Laugh, Snarl, Straight Face, Wink, Wince
Generic synonyms: Gesture, Motion

2. Noun. The feelings expressed on a person's face. "An angry face"
Exact synonyms: Aspect, Expression, Face, Look
Generic synonyms: Countenance, Visage
Specialized synonyms: Leer, Light, Spark, Sparkle, Twinkle
Derivative terms: Look, Look, Look

Definition of Facial expression

1. Noun. The expression or countenance that seems to an onlooker to be represented by the appearance of a person's face, resulting from specific use of that person's facial muscles. ¹

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Medical Definition of Facial expression

1. Observable changes of expression in the face in response to emotional stimuli. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Facial Expression

facial angle
facial axis
facial bones
facial canal
facial cleft
facial colliculus
facial cream
facial creams
facial diplegia
facial eczema
facial eminence
facial expression (current term)
facial expressions
facial feature
facial features
facial gesture
facial hair
facial hemiatrophy
facial hemiatrophy of Romberg
facial hemiplegia
facial hillock
facial index
facial injuries
facial lymph nodes
facial motor nucleus
facial muscle

Literary usage of Facial expression

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1894)
"ON ACQUIRED facial expression. ALTHOUGH from infancy upwards we are all, whether we know ... there are certain facts connected with facial expression which, ..."

2. The Innocents Abroad: Or the New Pilgrims' Progress by Mark Twain (2001)
"I have heard facial expression. two very intelligent critics speak of Murillo's Immaculate Conception (now in the museum at Seville,) within the past few ..."

3. A Dictionary of Psychological Medicine: Giving the Definition, Etymology and by Daniel Hack Tuke (1892)
"The facial expression of pain originating in the limbs or vi ... We sometimes see a set facial expression accompanying some fixed mental state, ..."

4. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1899)
"The most remarkable symptom is the patient's facial expression. When he is quiet, one would think that there were a paralysis of the lower two branches of ..."

5. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science by Kansas Academy of Science (1893)
"From these beginnings the principle of communication arose, signs and gesture language were developed, and facial expression, as an auxiliary of gesture ..."

6. The Singing of the Future by David Thomas Ffrangcon- Davies (1905)
"facial expression. —Test and standard of tone.—Right breathing proved by right tone.—Pose of figure.—Recapitulation, questions. ..."

7. The Unsound Mind and the Law: A Presentation of Forensic Psychiatry by George W. Jacoby (1918)
"In mania the facial expression is vivacious and noticeably joyous, ... A tense, expectant facial expression is characteristic of all patients having sense ..."

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