Definition of Inflection

1. Noun. A change in the form of a word (usually by adding a suffix) to indicate a change in its grammatical function.

Exact synonyms: Inflexion
Generic synonyms: Grammatical Relation
Specialized synonyms: Conjugation, Declension, Paradigm, Pluralisation, Pluralization
Derivative terms: Inflect, Inflectional, Inflect



2. Noun. The patterns of stress and intonation in a language.
Exact synonyms: Prosody
Generic synonyms: Delivery, Manner Of Speaking, Speech
Specialized synonyms: Intonation, Modulation, Pitch Contour, Caesura, Enjambement, Enjambment, Accent, Emphasis, Stress, Rhythm, Speech Rhythm
Derivative terms: Inflect

3. Noun. Deviation from a straight or normal course.
Exact synonyms: Flection, Flexion
Generic synonyms: Departure, Deviation, Difference, Divergence

4. Noun. A manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modified.
Exact synonyms: Modulation
Generic synonyms: Delivery, Manner Of Speaking, Speech
Derivative terms: Inflect, Modulate, Modulate

Definition of Inflection

1. n. The act of inflecting, or the state of being inflected.

Definition of Inflection

1. Noun. (grammar) a change in the form of a word that reflects a change in grammatical function. ¹

2. Noun. a change in pitch or tone of voice. ¹

3. Noun. (context: mathematics) a change in curvature from concave to convex or from convex to concave. ¹

4. Noun. a turning away from a straight course. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Inflection

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Inflection

1. 1. The act of inflecting, or the state of being inflected. 2. A bend; a fold; a curve; a turn; a twist. 3. A slide, modulation, or accent of the voice; as, the rising and the falling inflection. 4. The variation or change which words undergo to mark case, gender, number, comparison, tense, person, mood, voice, etc. 5. Any change or modification in the pitch or tone of the voice. A departure from the monotone, or reciting note, in chanting. 6. Same as Diffraction. Point of inflection, the point on opposite sides of which a curve bends in contrary ways. Origin: L. Inflexio: cf. F. Inflexion. See Inflect Alternative forms: inflecxion. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Inflection

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inflator
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inflection point
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inflectional suffix
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inflesh

Literary usage of Inflection

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1. A Grammar of the German Language: Designed for a Thoro and Practical Study by George Oliver Curme (1922)
"inflection OF TITLES. 92. A full treatment of the proper titles which must be ... The leading points as to the inflection of these titles are as follows: a. ..."

2. Elements of the Differential and Integral Calculus by William Anthony Granville, Percey Franklyn Smith (1904)
"CHAPTER X POINTS OF inflection 98. Definition. Points of inflection separate arcs concave upwards from arcs concave downwards. ..."

3. Elements of the Differential and Integral Calculus by William Anthony Granville (1904)
"CHAPTER X POINTS OF inflection 98. Definition. Points of inflection separa te arcs concave upwards from arcs concave downwards. ..."

4. Vocal and Literary Interpretation of the Bible by Samuel Silas Curry (1903)
"inflection As we have found pause and touch directly expressive of the rhythmic mental actions and change of pitch revealing the discriminative actions of ..."

5. Differential and Integral Calculus by Clyde Elton Love (1916)
"Points of inflection. A point at which the curve changes from concave upward to concave downward, or vice versa, is called a point of inflection. ..."

6. The New McGuffey Fourth Reader by William Holmes McGuffey (1901)
"inflection. inflection or Slide is a change of pitch on a syllable. When the voice slides upward we say it has the rising inflection, marked thus : / (Ex.: ..."

7. An Introductory Hebrew Grammar: With Progressive Exercises in Reading and by Andrew Bruce Davidson (1896)
"inflection. 1. Stems in Hebrew are considered to contain three ... inflection in Hebrew takes place after two modes, an outside and an inside mode. ..."

8. An Advanced English Grammar: With Exercises by George Lyman Kittredge, Frank Edgar Farley (1913)
"inflection is a change of form in a word indicating some change in its meaning. ... The inflection of a substantive is called its declension; ..."

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