- modulation of the voice; change in pitch or tone of voice.
- Also flection. Grammar.
- the process or device of adding affixes to or changing the shape of a base to give it a different syntactic function without changing its form class.
- the paradigm of a word.
- a single pattern of formation of a paradigm: noun inflection; verb inflection.
- the change in the shape of a word, generally by affixation, by means of which a change of meaning or relationship to some other word or group of words is indicated.
- the affix added to produce this change, as the -s in dogs or the -ed in played.
- the systematic description of such processes in a given language, as in serves from serve, sings from sing, and harder from hard (contrasted with derivation).
- a bend or angle.
- Mathematics. a change of curvature from convex to concave or vice versa.
Origin of inflection
Examples from the Web for inflexion
I know exactly what she says, and every inflexion of the tone in which she says it.The Portrait of a Lady
There is no inflexion to distinguish number, gender or case.
Nevertheless, when introduced into English, it takes an English inflexion.Man and His Migrations
R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
Mller, in his Dorians, points out the inflexion of the Armenian verb-substantive.
The words themselves have neither form nor inflexion which indicates it.
- modulation of the voice
- (grammar) a change in the form of a word, usually modification or affixation, signalling change in such grammatical functions as tense, voice, mood, person, gender, number, or case
- an angle or bend
- the act of inflecting or the state of being inflected
- maths a change in curvature from concave to convex or vice versaSee also point of inflection
Word Origin and History for inflexion
- An inward bending.
A change in the form of a word to reflect different grammatical functions of the word in a sentence. English has lost most of its inflections. Those that remain are chiefly possessive ('s), as in “the boy's hat”; plural (-s), as in “the three girls”; and past tense (-d or -ed), as in cared. Other inflections are found in pronouns — as in he, him, his — and in irregular words such as think/thought, child/children, and mouse/mice.