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Inflection

Inflection

WordNet



noun


(1)   The patterns of stress and intonation in a language
(2)   A manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modified
(3)   Deviation from a straight or normal course
(4)   A change in the form of a word (usually by adding a suffix) to indicate a change in its grammatical function
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Etymology


From the English inflexion, from the inflexio, inflexionis (a bending away from); the variant spelling inflection is due to influence from correction.

Noun



  1. a change in the form of a word that reflects a change in grammatical function.
  2. a change in pitch or tone of voice.
  3. a change in curvature from concave to convex or from convex to concave.
  4. a turning away from a straight course.