- 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).
Origin of inflection
Examples from the Web for inflection
For a president who believes in playing the long game, this was an inflection point.Congress Cooperates, Obama Pushes Hard, and Closing Gitmo Has a Chance|Daniel Klaidman|December 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In each role he seemed to be behaving, not acting; every gesture and inflection was instinctive.
With the spoken word, we use our tone, inflection and volume to question, exclaim and convey our feelings.
And that truth encapsulates the inflection point now upon us.
“The president sees this as an inflection point in the war, and that is reflected in these policies,” says a top Obama adviser.
Inflection is a change in the form of a word indicating some change in its meaning.An Advanced English Grammar with Exercises|George Lyman Kittredge
Clavering was watching her intently, his ear attuned to every inflection of her voice.Black Oxen|Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Her voice was rather loud, clear and strong, perhaps wanting variety of inflection.The Hero|William Somerset Maugham
Every inflection of the speakers voice and his whole attitude, however, indicated his complete disbelief in anything of the sort.The Young Continentals at Bunker Hill|John T. McIntyre
The distinction between the active and passive voice, in the Odjibwa language, is formed by the inflection ego.The Indian in his Wigwam|Henry R. Schoolcraft
British Dictionary definitions for inflection
Word Origin and History for inflection
early 15c., from Middle French inflexion and directly from Latin inflexionem (nominative inflexio) "a bending, inflection, modification," noun of action from past participle stem of inflectere (see inflect). For spelling, see connection. Grammatical sense is from 1660s.
Medicine definitions for inflection
Culture definitions for inflection
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.